William Edward Forster(1818-1886), Industrialist, philanthropist and Liberal politician; MP for Bradford; son of William Forster
Sitter in 23 portraits
Politician; from a Quaker background, Forster entered the Bradford wool trade in 1842 and soon took a keen interest in politics and the condition of the poor. He served as a Liberal MP for the city from 1861 until 1886, assuming responsibility for major legislation leading to a national system of education under Gladstone's first administration of 1868. Appointed by Gladstone as Chief Secretary for Ireland in 1880, he resigned office in 1882.
published by Frederick Arnold, after Unknown artist
lithograph, published in the Hornet 7 August 1872