Joseph Butterworth

Joseph Butterworth (1770–1826) was an English law bookseller and politician.


He was son of the Rev. John Butterworth, a Baptist minister in Coventry, where he was born. At an early age he went to London, where he learned the law book trade, and founded a large and lucrative establishment in Fleet Street, in which his nephew Henry Butterworth later worked.

Butterworth's house became a resort of the leading philanthropists of the day. There Lord Liverpool, John Shore, 1st Baron Teignmouth, William Wilberforce and Zachary Macaulay had discussions, and the first meetings of the British and Foreign Bible Society were held. Butterworth liberally supported many philanthropic and Christian institutions.

He was M.P. for Coventry 1812–18, and for Dover 1820–26; and gave independent support to the government of the day. He was a broad-minded Wesleyan, and in August 1819 was appointed general treasurer of the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society, a post he retained until his death. He died at his house in Bedford Square, London, 30 June 1826, aged 56.


He was author of A General Catalogue of Law Books (1801).



 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Lowther, William Boswell (1886). "Butterworth, Joseph". In Stephen, Leslie. Dictionary of National Biography. 08. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Mills
Peter Moore
Member of Parliament for Coventry
With: Peter Moore
Succeeded by
Edward Ellice
Peter Moore
Preceded by
Sir John Jackson
Edward Bootle-Wilbraham
Member of Parliament for Dover
With: Edward Bootle-Wilbraham
Succeeded by
Charles Poulett Thomson
Edward Bootle-Wilbraham
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