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Thomas Milner Gibson (1806-1884), Politician; President of the Board of Trade

Sitter in 13 portraits
Entered Parliament as a Conservative MP in 1837 but resigned two years later having adopted Liberal views and became a supporter of the Free Trade movement. He re-entered Parliament in 1841 and from 1846 to 1848 he was vice-president of the Board of Trade in Lord John Russell's ministry, later serving as President of the Board of Trade (1859-66). Gibson was a leading spirit in the movement for the repeal of taxes on knowledge, and his efforts on behalf of journalism were recognised by a public testimonial in 1862. He retired from political life in 1868, but he and his wife Arethusa Gibson, an important figure in literary and political circles, were for many years influential in society.