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Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton

Biography of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton

Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton (1803-1873), was elected Rector of the University in 1856. He was the first rector to be elected after the introduction of the three-year term.

Born in London and originally named Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer (he changed the name in 1843 in his mother's honour), Lytton studied at Cambridge University and became a successful poet, novelist, playwright, historian and journalist. He was an independent radical MP from 1831 until 1841 and returned to the House of Commons as a Conservative in 1852. He was created Baron Lytton in 1866.

Lytton defeated Lord Stanley in the 1856 election and was re-elected unopposed in 1857. The author Charles Dickens and the social reformer the Earl of Shaftesbury contested the election in 1858, but Lytton was elected Rector for a third year. His son Edward, the 1st Earl Lytton, was elected Rector in 1887.

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Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton
Writer and Politician

Born 25 May 1803, London, England.
Died 18 January 1873.
University Link: Rector
Occupation categories: novelists; poets; politicians
NNAF Reference: GB/NNAF/P139171
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Record last updated: 29th Jan 2008

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