1807 United Kingdom general election in Yorkshire
The election is one of the most famous from the pre-reform era. It is most well known because of the amount of money spent, nearly £250,000 between the three candidates. This makes it the most costly election of any before 1832.
The three contestants were: William Wilberforce, leader of the anti-slavery movement in Parliament and MP for Yorkshire since 1784; Henry Lascelles, son of Lord Harewood and representative of Yorkshire between 1796 and 1806; and Lord Milton, son of Earl FitzWilliam. Counties each returned two MPs so two of these three would be successful.
Polling took place between 20 May and 5 June 1807. Wilberforce won with 11,808 votes whilst Milton gained the second seat with 11,177 votes. Lascelles came third with 10,990. This was only 187 fewer votes than Milton received.
|Yorkshire election 1807|
- E. A. Smith, 'The Yorkshire elections of 1806 and 1807: a study in electoral management', Northern History 2 (1967), pp. 62–90
- R. S. Furneaux, William Wilberforce ISBN 978-1-57383-343-1