Sir James Stansfeld

Sir James Stansfeld LlB, MP, PC, GCB was born at Ward's Hall, the only son of Judge James Stansfeld.

He was educated at University College London; called to the Bar [1840]; a Liberal; Halifax's longest-serving MP for 36 years [1859-1895]; President of the Halifax Mechanics' Institute for many years; President of the Poor Law Board; a Trustee of Northgate End Chapel [1880]. an Honorary Freeman of the Borough [1895]

He was appointed Junior Lord of the Admiralty [April 1863]. In 1864, he was charged with being in correspondence with Giuseppe Mazzini, the Italian patriot and one of the conspirators who planned to murder Napoleon III. Although his explanation was regarded by Palmerston as satisfactory, he resigned in 1864.

He was a Cabinet Minister, and subsequently held other Government posts, including Under Secretary of State [Feb-June 1866], Third Lord of the Treasury [December 1868], Joint Secretary of the Treasury [October 1869], President of the Poor Law Board [March 1871], and President of the Local Government Board [August 1871-January 1874].

He was known for his opposition to the Contagious Diseases Acts and for his support of women's suffrage.

He lived at

In 1874, he fell whilst walking in the Lake District.

On 22nd June 1887, he married Frances at St Luke's Church, Battersea.

Frances was the widow of Henry Augustine Severn, assayer to the Mint in Sydney, Australia. Her husband was the son of Joseph Severn [1793-1879], artist and friend of John Keats

In May 1890, James

filled 2 windows at the west side of Northgate End Chapel with cathedral glass in memory of his old friend Joseph Foreman

He was knighted in 18??.

John Hartley's novel, Many a slip was dedicated to Stansfeld

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