William Bodkin (judge)
Bodkin initially practised on the Home Circuit, taking mostly criminal cases at the Middlesex, Westminster and Kent Sessions, and in the Central Criminal Court in the Old Bailey. was appointed as a recorder of Dover in 1834.
He was elected at the 1841 general election as a Member of Parliament (MP) for the borough of Rochester in Kent, winning the seat by a margin of only two votes over the Liberal Party candidate Viscount Melgund. Bodkin was defeated at the 1847 general election as a result of his support for the free trade measures introduced by Sir Robert Peel. He did not stand at the 1852 general election, but unsuccessfully contested the borough at a by-election in February 1856.
He married twice, first in 1812 to Sara Sophia Poland, who died in 1848, and then in 1865 to Sarah Constance Miles, the daughter of Joseph Johnson Miles, a J.P from Highgate. He had one son and one daughter.
He is buried with his first wife.
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- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by William Henry Bodkin
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Rochester
1841 – 1847
With: James Douglas Stoddart Douglas
Thomas Twisden Hodges