William Lee (1801–1881)

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William Lee (23 August 1801 - 29 September 1881) was an English cement merchant and Whig and later Liberal politician who sat in the House of Commons in two periods between 1853 and 1870.

Lee was the son of Henry Lee of Camp's Hill, Lewisham. He was a partner of the firm of Lee, Son and Co., lime and cement merchants of London and Rochester, Kent. He was director of the Millwall Freehold Land and Docks Co., the Metropolitan Railway, and the Victoria Station & Pimlico Railway. He was a Deputy Lieutenant and J.P. for Kent.[1]

In 1852, Lee stood unsuccessfully for parliament at Maidstone. He was elected Member of Parliament for Maidstone in a by-election in 1853 but lost the seat in 1857.[1] He was re-elected for Maidstone in 1859 and held the seat until 1870.[2]

Lee died at the age of 80.

Lee married ChristianaReynolds, daughter of Samuel Reynolds of Theydon, Essex in 1820.[1]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Dodd
James Whatman
Member of Parliament for Maidstone
18531857
With: James Whatman
Succeeded by
Alexander Beresford Hope
Edward Scott
Preceded by
Alexander Beresford Hope
Edward Scott
Member of Parliament for Maidstone
18591870
With: Charles Buxton
James Whatman
Succeeded by
James Whatman
Sir John Lubbock