Reform League

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Reform League (1865–9)

Reform League (1865–9)

Reform League (1865–9)

National Civil Service Reform League.

Reform League (1865–9)

1816–1870: The Peace Society, the First International, and the Reform League

CROOK, Frances Rachel (born 1952), Chief Executive, Howard League for Penal Reform, since 1986

STANTON, Charles Butt (1873 - 1946), Vice-President British Workers’ National League; Lecturer and Social Reformer

STRANGE, Thomas Bland (1831 - 1925), late Royal Artillery; JP Kerry; Member of Council, National Service League; President Local Branch Tariff Reform League

PEARSON, (Cyril) Arthur (1866 - 1921), President National Institute for the Blind, and Fresh Air Fund; Vice-President Tariff Reform League, and Vice-Chairman of Tariff Commission, 1903

BOTTOMLEY, James H. (1857 - 1934), Conservative Agent for Clapham; Political Secretary for Sir J. Leigh, Bt, MP; is the oldest living political agent in active work; Ex-Chairman, Metropolitan Conservative Agents; Ex-Chairman, North of England Agents; late National Unionist Central Office, Organising Agent and Lecturer for the Junior Imperial League; late Conservative Agent for Newton Division of Lancashire; the Lancaster Division; and the Doncaster Division of Yorkshire; for a great many years Lecturer for Conservative Central Office, National Union of Conservative Associations, Fair Trade League; Tariff Reform League, Primrose League

FROST, Edward Purkis (1842 - 1922), JP, DL Co. Cambs; AFAS; Past-President Royal Aeronautical Society of Great Britain, now Vice-President; Vice-President of Tariff Reform League; Commissioner of Income Tax; Chairman of Linton Bench; Member of various Scientific Associations; Member of the Council of the Aerial League of Great Britain

Ann W. Ramsey. Liturgy, Politics, and Salvation: The Catholic League in Paris and the Nature of Catholic Reform, 1540–1630. Rochester, N.Y.: University of Rochester Press. 1999. Pp. xiii, 447. $99.00

BROWN, George (born 1844), Hon. Surgeon, Exeter Dispensary; General Secretary of Imperial Medical Reform Union; Vice-President, Tariff Reform League; Chairman, General Apothecaries’ Co., Ltd, and Native Guano Co., Ltd; Founder and Editor of Medical Times and Hospital Gazette and Founder of General Practitioner

LETHBRIDGE, Roper (1840 - 1919), DL, JP, Devon, and JP Kent; Lord of the Manor of Exbourne; patron of one living; President of Anti-Tea-Duty League; President of the Devonshire Association for 1901; member of the Exeter Diocesan Board of Education, and of the Standing Committee of the Exeter Diocesan Conference; Chairman of Council of the Devon and Cornwall Record Society; Vice-President of the Okehampton Agricultural Society; Commissioner for Income Tax appeals, Okehampton; Vice-President of Tariff Reform League, and Chairman of Devonshire Branch of League

PATRO GARU, Annepu Parasuramadas (1875 - 1946), Member of the Council of State (Central) India since 1937; Agriculturist; High Court Vakil Ganjam; landholder; Delegate to the Round Table Conference, London, 1930; Delegate to the RDC, 1929–32 and Delegate to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Indian Reforms, 1933; Indian Delegate to the League of Nations, Geneva, 1931


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The Reform League was established in 1865 to press for manhood suffrage and the ballot. It collaborated with the more moderate and middle‐class Reform Union and its parliamentary spokesmen included Gladstone and John Bright. It gave strong support to Russell's bill in 1866 and the Hyde Park riots, a by‐product of the mass protest meetings in July 1866, helped to push through Disraeli's second Reform Act.

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