Thomas Milner Gibson
|President of the Board of Trade|
6 July 1859 –26 June 1866
|Prime Minister|| The Viscount Palmerston |
The Earl Russell
|Preceded by||The Earl of Donoughmore|
|Succeeded by||Sir Stafford Northcote, Bt|
|Vice-President of the Board of Trade|
8 July 1846 –8 May 1848
|Prime Minister||Lord John Russell|
|Preceded by||Sir George Clerk, Bt|
|Succeeded by||The Earl Granville|
|Born||3 September 1806|
Port of Spain, Trinidad
|Died||25 February 1884 77) (aged|
|Political party|| Tory |
|Children||Thomas Gibson Bowles|
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Cambridge|
Thomas Milner Gibson PC (3 September 1806 – 25 February 1884) was a British politician.
Thomas Milner Gibson came of a Suffolk family, but was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, where his father, Thomas Milner Gibson, was serving as an officer in the British Army. He was educated in Trinidad, in a school at Higham Hill also attended by Benjamin Disraeli, at Charterhouse, and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated in 1830.
In 1837 Gibson was elected to parliament as Conservative member for Ipswich, but resigned two years later, having adopted Liberal views, and became an ardent supporter of the free-trade movement. As one of Richard Cobden's chief allies, he was elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Manchester in 1841, and from 1846 to 1848 he was Vice-President of the Board of Trade in Lord John Russell's ministry. Though defeated in Manchester in 1857, he found another seat for Ashton-under-Lyne, and sat in the cabinet under Lord Palmerston and then Russell from 1859 to 1866 as President of the Board of Trade.In 1846 he was sworn of the Privy Council.
Gibson was the leading spirit in the movement for the repeal of taxes on knowledge, and his successful efforts on behalf of journalism and advertising were recognized by a public testimonial in 1862. He retired from political life in 1868, but he and his wife, whose salon was a great Liberal centre, were for many years very influential in society. Milner Gibson was a sportsman and a typical man of the world, who enjoyed life and behaved liberally to those connected with him.
Milner Gibson married Arethusa Susannah, daughter of Revd. Sir Thomas Gery Cullum of Hardwick House, Suffolk, in 1832.They resided at Theberton House, Suffolk.
Gibson also had a relationship with Susannah Bowles, a servant girl. Their son, Thomas Gibson Bowles, became a noted publisher and was the maternal grandfather of the Mitford sisters.
Milner Gibson died on board his yacht, the Resolute, at Algiers on 25 February 1884, aged 77, and was buried in St. Peter's churchyard at Theberton in Suffolk on 13 March.
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|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Ipswich |
With: Henry Tufnell, 1837–1838
Fitzroy Kelly, 1838–1839
Sir Thomas John Cochrane
Robert Hyde Greg
| Member of Parliament for Manchester |
With: Mark Philips, 1841–1847
John Bright, 1847–1857
Sir John Potter
James Aspinall Turner
| Member of Parliament for Ashton-under-Lyne |
Thomas Walton Mellor
Sir George Clerk, Bt
| Vice-President of the Board of Trade |
The Earl Granville
The Earl of Donoughmore
| President of the Board of Trade |
Sir Stafford Northcote, Bt