Benjamin Oliveira

Benjamin Oliveira FRS FSA (1806 – 28 September 1865)[1] of Hyde Park Street, London was a British Whig politician.[2]

Benjamin Oliveira
Member of Parliament
for Pontefract
In office
8 July 1852 – 28 March 1857
Preceded byRichard Monckton Milnes
Beilby Lawley
Succeeded byRichard Monckton Milnes
William Wood
Personal details
Died (aged 59)
Political partyWhig
Residence(s)Upper Hyde Park Street, London

He was the son of Dominick Oliveira, a London merchant of Portuguese descent and spent much of his early life in Portugal. He then moved, by now well-to-do, to live in Hyde Park Street, London, where he took an interest in the development of railways, wrote a book about his travels and joined the Whig political party.[3]

Oliveira was first elected Whig MP for Pontefract in 1852, but was defeated at the next election in 1857.[4]

He was a member of the council of the Society of Arts and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1835.[5]

He died at his London home in 1865.


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "P" (part 2)
  2. ^ "The General Elections". The Globe. 8 July 1852. p. 4. Retrieved 30 June 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  3. ^ The Gentleman's Magazine, and Historical Review, Volume 219. 1865. p. 658.
  4. ^ Craig, F. W. S., ed. (1977). British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885 (e-book) (1st ed.). London: Macmillan Press. ISBN 978-1-349-02349-3.
  5. ^ "Fellow Details". Royal Society. Retrieved 12 July 2019.

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Preceded by Member of Parliament for Pontefract
With: Richard Monckton Milnes
Succeeded by