John Bright


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John Bright (16 November 1811 – 27 March 1889), Quaker, was a British Radical and Liberal statesman, associated with Richard Cobden in the formation of the Anti-Corn Law League. He was one of the greatest orators of his generation, and a strong critic of British foreign policy. He sat in the House of Commons from 1843 to 1889.

Bright was born at Rochdale, in Lancashire, England — one of... more »

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  • ''If this phrase of the "balance of power" is to be always an argument for war, the pretext for war will never be wanting, and peace can never be secure.''
    John Bright (1811-1889), British radical politician. Speech, March 31, 1854, to House of Commons.
  • ''My opinion is that the Northern states will manage somehow to muddle through.''
    John Bright (1811-1889), British politician. Quoted in Reminiscences, vol. 1, ch. 5, Justin McCarthy (1899). Bright was a vigorous supporter of th...
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