John Hardman (MP)

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John Hardman (c.1694-3 December 1755) was Liverpool merchant, engaged in the slave trade between England, West Africa and the West Indies. He regularly gave evidence to the Board of Trade on behalf of Liverpool Corporation.

He was elected as a member of the British Parliament for that constituency in 1754, but died the following year. [1] He organised a survey on behalf of Liverpool merchants of the possibility of a canal to join the rivers Trent and Mersey, [2]

  1. The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
  2. P. Lead, Agents of Revolution: John and Thomas Gilbert - entrepreneurs (Centre for Local History, Keele 1989), 70.

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