Reform League

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Official programme of Reform League demonstration in London, 3 Dec 1866, giving details of times and places of meeting, routes of processions etc.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Reform League was established in 1865 to press for manhood suffrage and the ballot. It collaborated with the more moderate and middle-class Reform Union and gave strong support to the abortive Reform Bill of 1866 and the Reform Act of 1867. The 1867 Reform Act gave the vote to every male adult householder living in a borough constituency. Male lodgers paying 10 for unfurnished rooms were also granted the vote. This gave the vote to about 1,500,000 men. The League ran parliamentary candidates in the general election of 1868 but with little success. It was dissolved in 1869.


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Output from CAIRS using template 14 and checked by hand on May 8, 2002

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