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John Bright


Manufacturer, statesman, and orator. Joined his father’s cotton business in the late 1820s. A leader, with Richard Cobden, of the Anti-Corn-Law League. MP for Durham, 1843; Manchester, 1847–56. Denounced the Crimean war, 1854. Elected MP for Birmingham, 1857. A supporter of parliamentary reform. President of the Board of Trade, 1868–70. Chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster, 1873–4, 1880–2; retired from the cabinet, 1882.




ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.