Archive for September 26, 2015


John Stuart Mill (born 1806) was described by one writer as ‘the most influential English-speaking philosopher of the 19th century’. During his academic career he wrote widely on the topics of social and economic philosophy. His strong belief that self-improvement was the only true freedom influenced many people of his day. Between 1865 and 1868 he combined the role of Lord Rector of the University of St Andrews (in Eastern Scotland) with sitting as MP for Westminster and the City of London. Famously he was, in 1866, the first person to call in parliment for the right of voting to be extended to women.

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He died in France in 1873 and buried there. The statue by Thomas Woolner sits in a shady corner of Victoria Embankment gardens not far from that of Henry Fawcett, another notable champion of Women’s sufferage (