William Leatham Bright

William Leatham Bright (12 August 1851 – 23 September 1910) was an English Liberal politician.

Bright was the son of John Bright, M.P., of One Ash, Rochdale and his wife Margaret Elizabeth Leatham. They employed Lydia Rous to teach their children.[1] In time, he was educated at Grove House School, Tottenham, and at the University of London. He became a colliery agent and ship broker.[2]

In 1885 Bright was elected Member of Parliament for Stoke-upon-Trent.[3] He was in favour of Irish Home Rule and came into disagreement with his father on the matter and received a parental wigging. He is said to have left his father speechless by regretting in response that "two statesmen could not discuss politics without indulging in unnecessary personalities".[4] Bright suffered from ill-health and resigned his seat in 1890.[5]

Bright died at the age of 59.

Bright married Isabella McIver Taylor at Carshalton in 1883.


  1. ^ "Rous, Lydia (1819–1896), headmistress". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/48673. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  2. ^ Debretts Guide to the House of Commons 1886
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment
  4. ^ Te Ahora News 29 May 1889
  5. ^ Hansard Millbank Systems New Writ

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Woodall
Henry Broadhurst
Member of Parliament for Stoke-upon-Trent
Succeeded by
George Leveson-Gower