John Fleming (Devonport MP)

John Fleming, from Bigadon in Devon[1] (near Buckfastleigh), was a British Conservative Party politician who sat in the House of Commons as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Devonport for less than a year before his election was overturned.

Fleming first stood for Parliament at the Devonport by-election in June 1865, when he was defeated by the Liberal Party candidate Thomas Brassey.[2] At the general election in July 1865 he won the seat,[1][2] but an election petition led to the election of both of Devonport's MPs being declared void on 9 May 1866.[2][3][4]

He did not stand again until the 1874 general election, when he was an unsuccessful candidate in Barnstaple.[5]


  1. ^ a b "No. 22991". The London Gazette. 14 July 1865. p. 3528.
  2. ^ a b c Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 109. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 2)
  4. ^ "No. 23119". The London Gazette. 25 May 1866. p. 3130.
  5. ^ Craig, page 36

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Brassey
William Ferrand
Member of Parliament for Devonport
With: William Ferrand
Succeeded by
Lord Eliot
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