|Member of the New Zealand Parliament |
|Preceded by||William Fox|
|Succeeded by||Robert Bruce|
|Preceded by||Robert Bruce|
|Succeeded by||Frank Lethbridge|
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament |
|Succeeded by||Job Vile|
|Preceded by||Job Vile|
|Succeeded by||Edward Newman|
|Died||31 July 1916|
John Stevens (1845 –31 July 1916) was a Liberal Party Member of Parliament in New Zealand.
Stevens was born in Wellington in 1845.Stevens moved north and resided in first the Rangitikei then Manawatu districts from 1854. He made a living in agricultural until 1873,when he was hired by Henry Russell as an assistant and interpreter during a Native Lands Alienation Commission at Napier. He pursued an occupation as a Maori interpreter and land agent,then began an auctioneering and land agency in 1875.
Stevens represented the Rangitikei electorate from 1881 to 1884 when he was defeated,and then from 1893 to 1896.He unsuccessfully contested the Palmerston electorate in the 1890 election.
Stevens contested the 1892 Rangitikei by-election as an Independent Liberal as the Liberal Party was reluctant to endorse him in light of the recent Bruce by-election in which the candidate the Liberal Party endorsed lost by a large margin. Stevens lost by only 61 votes.
He later returned to parliament,representing the Manawatu electorate from 1896 to 1902 when he was defeated,and from 1905 to 1908 when he was again defeated.Stevens served as the Liberal Party's Senior Whip from 1900 until 1902.
In his later years,he had become blind and his lower limbs were paralysed,but he was in good spirits and would not allow others to sympathise with him. He was in the midst of a conversation with friends when he leaned back and died on 31 July 1916.
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