The journalist and explorer Henry Morton Stanley was born on this day (28 January) in 1841. Famously associated with finding David Livingstone near Lake Tanganyika in 1871, what is less well-known is that Stanley served as an MP, albeit an extremely reluctant one. He sat as a Liberal Unionist for Lambeth North from 1895 to 1900. You can find out more about his parliamentary career in our post on the History of Parliament’s blog. His complaints about the long parliamentary hours and the cramped conditions of the House of Commons would certainly have struck a chord with MPs in our period.
We have already researched some MPs who sat between 1832 and 1868 who were more famous for what they did outside Parliament than during their time at Westminster. If you missed them, why not read our blogs about William Henry Fox Talbot, the inventor of photography, or Robert Fitzroy, who pioneered the science of weather forecasting.