Joseph Leicester

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Joseph Lynn Leicester (24 December 1825 – 13 October 1903) [1] was an English glass blower and Liberal politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1885 to 1886.

Born in Warrington, he was the son of Thomas Leicester, a glassblower. [2] At the age of nine, Leicester was apprenticed to his father's trade. [2] [3] In 1850 he moved to Lambeth in London, [2] and was employed for 35 years as a glass-blower by James Powell and Sons of Whitefriars, London. Soon after his arrival in the capital he was appointed secretary of the Glassmakers Trade Society, a position he held for more than forty years. [2] He was sent by the Society of Arts to report upon glass at the Paris Exhibitions in 1867 and 1868. [2] The Society awarded him three first-class prizes for art and in 1870 the Glass Blowers' Society of Great Britain and Ireland presented him with £100 in recognition of his services to the trade. [3] He was a strong temperance advocate, and was in favour of Sunday closing of public houses. [3] [4]

In the 1885 general election, Leicester was elected Member of Parliament for West Ham South but in the 1886 general election, he was defeated by the Conservative candidate. He made four contributions during his year in parliament. [5] At the 1892 general election he was again chosen to contest the West Ham South seat for the Liberals. [2] However, the party withdrew from the constituency, in favour of Keir Hardie of the Independent Labour Party, who went on to win the seat. [6] [7]

Leicester died at the age of 78 and was buried in Nunhead Cemetery. His gravestone noted:

"From a poor working lad he became an eloquent advocate of temperance, a master craftsman in the art of glass making, and all his life took a foremost part in the social elevation of his fellow workmen, who did honour to themselves and him, by returning him as a Member of Parliament"
"Write him down as one who "loved" his fellow man"

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References

  1. "House of Commons constituencies beginning with "W" (part 3)". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Archived from the original on 1 May 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "The General Election. Biographies of Candidates, England and Wales". The Times . 27 June 1892. p. 5.
  3. 1 2 3 "Biographies of Candidates". The Times . 25 November 1885. p. 3.
  4. Debretts Guide to the House of Commons 1886
  5. Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Joseph Leicester
  6. "The General Election". The Times . 4 July 1892. p. 6.
  7. Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 207. ISBN   0-900178-27-2.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for West Ham South
New constituency
18851886
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