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Nelson, Edward

Jeffrey Green

in Oxford Companion to Black British History

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780192804396
Nelson, Edward

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Lawyer in Lancashire and Cheshire born in British Guiana (now Guyana). The son of a Georgetown builder, Nelson studied at St John's College, Oxford ( 1898 – 1902 ), where he was an officer of the Oxford Union under Prime Minister Asquith's son Raymond. He was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1904 , and established his legal practice in Manchester and his home at Bowdon, then Hale, Cheshire. He married, had a daughter, played cricket, and was elected to Hale Council from 1913 to his death. He chaired the Council in 1937 .Nelson achieved fame following the murder of George Storrs at Stalybridge in 1909 . As defence lawyer, Nelson secured the acquittal of Mark Wilde , who had been accused of the crime. The Yorkshire Herald called him ‘the coloured barrister’ ( 29 October 1910 ) but the Stalybridge Reporter of that date just published his photograph.Fifteen black males on trial following riots in Liverpool in mid‐ 1919 were defended by Nelson, his fees paid by London's African Progress Union . Nelson was involved in establishing the League of Coloured Peoples in London in 1931 . He kept in contact with British Guiana, had relatives visit, and was involved in the Manchester International Group, a refugee aid group whose founder recalled Nelson as a ‘quiet gentleman’.

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