Correspondence of William Coningham

Administrative / Biographical History

William Coningham was born in Penzance in 1815 and was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge. He obtained a commission in the 1st Regiment of Dragoons in 1834 but bought himself out in 1836. By 1847 he was living in Kemptown, Brighton and contested the parliamentary constituency of Brighton in the general election of that year. In 1852 he stood at Westminster and on both occassions was unsuccessful. In 1857 he won a seat at his third attempt and held it at the 1859 election. Whilst in Brighton he was involved in setting up the Co-operative League along with E V Neale and Thornton Hunt, editor of The Leader. Coningham died in Brighton in 1884.