Edward Miall was born in Portsmouth on 8 May 1809 and died in Sevenoaks on 29 April 1881. He was trained for the Congregational ministry at Wymondley Academy (1829–31), and served at Ware (1831–4) and Bond Street, Leicester (1834–40). He relinquished his pastorate and became a crusader for the disestablishment of the Church of England, a cause which he advocated in the columns of The Nonconformist, which he founded in 1841. He supported the Anti-Corn Law League and efforts to widen suffrage. In 1844 he established the Anti-State Church Association, the name of which was changed in 1853 to the Society for the Liberation of Religion from State Patronage and Control. In August 1845 Miall unsuccessfully contested the Parliamentary seat of Southwark, and two years later his candidature in Halifax similarly failed. In 1852, however, he became MP for Rochdale, and from 1869 was MP for Bradford.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.