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THOMAS MILNER GIBSON (1806-1884)

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Originally appearing in Volume V11, Page 944 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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THOMAS MILNER GIBSON (1806-1884)  ,
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English politician, who came of a good Suffolk
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family, was born in
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Trinidad, where his
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father, an officer in the army, was serving . He went to Trinity College, Cambridge, and in 1837 was elected to parliament as Conservative member for
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Ipswich, but resigned two years later, having adopted Liberal views, and became anardent supporter of the
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free-trade
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movement . As one of Cobden's chief allies, he was elected for Manchester in 1841, and from 1846 to 1848 he was
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vice-president of the board of trade in Lord John Russell's
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ministry . Though defeated in Manchester in 1857, he found another seat for
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Ashton-under-Lyne; and he sat in the cabinets from 1859 to 1866 as president of the board of trade . He 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
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political
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life in 1868, but he and his wife, whose
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salon was a
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great Liberal centre, were for many years very influential in society . Milner Gibson was a sportsman and a typical man of the
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world, who enjoyed life and behaved liberally to those connected with him .

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