Molesworth, William

BORN 23 May 1810, London: Upper Brook Street - DIED 22 Oct 1855, London
GRAVE LOCATION London: Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road, Kensal Green (056/PS (12766))

William Molesworth succeeded to the baronetcy in 1823. He studied at Cambridge, where he fought a duel with one of his tutors. After continuing his studies abroad he became a memeber of parliament for Eastern Cornwall.

In 1835 he a founded the London Review and soon afterwards he bought the Westminster Review. The magazines were united and he edited them together with J.S. Mill. In 1837 he became a MP for Leeds (until 1841). In 1839 he published the writings of Hobbes. This had the result that his opponents accused him of being in favour of a despotic government like Hobbes. In 1845 he was back in parliament for Southwark (until his death).

He was strongly in favour of self rule for the colonies and in 1853 he became First Commissioner of Works in Lord berdeen's cabinet. After Russel stepped down he became Colonial Secretary in July 1855. He died five months afterwards.


The grave of Sir William Molesworth at Kensal Green Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (11 Dec 1993)


Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
William Molesworth - Wikipedia

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Published: 03 Nov 2006
Last update: 14 Jul 2012