[Facsimile dedication: William Scholefield.]Presented to the Subscribers of the Birmingham Mercury, Octr. 6th. 1849.
Rare lithograph. 381 x 279mm. 15 x 11".
William Scholefield (1809-1867), was a British businessman and Liberal politician. He was a leading figure in the politics behind the rapidly-growing industrial town of Birmingham. After the Reform Bill of 1832 there was a campaign launched later in 1837 to secure a charter of incorporation under the Municipal Corporations Act 1835 to create Birmingham a municipal borough with an elected town council. At that time the town was in the hands of a manorial court leet, presided over by a high bailiff. Scholefield became high bailiff in 1837 was very supportive of the campaign to incorporate Birmingham. After the act arrived in 1838, Scholefield was unaninimously chosen as first mayor of Birmingham after their first town council meeting. After returning to local government in 1847, having been defeated three years previously by a Conservative, Scholefield championed the expansion of popular democracy, free trade, and freedom of religion.
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