William Huskisson
(1770-1830)

Died aged c. 60

William Huskisson PC (11 March 1770 – 15 September 1830) was a British statesman, financier, and Member of Parliament for several constituencies, including Liverpool. He is best known today, however, as the world's first widely reported railway casualty as he was run over and fatally wounded by George Stephenson's pioneering locomotive engine Rocket.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

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William Huskisson 1770-1830 statesman lived here

28 St James's Place, Westminster, SW1, London, United Kingdom where they lived

This tablet, a tribute of personal respect and affection has been placed here to mark the spot where on the 15th of Sept 1830 the day of the opening of this rail road the Right Hon, William Huskisson MP singled out by the decree of inscrutable providence from the midst of the distinguished multitude that surrounded him. In the full pride of his talents and the perfection of his usefulness met with the accident that occasioned his death; Which deprived England of an illustrious statesman and Liverpool of its most honored representative which changed a moment of the noblest exultation and triumph that science and Genius had ever achieved into one of desolation and mourning: and striking terror into the hearts of assembled thousands, brought home to every bosom the forgotten truth that "in the midst of life we are in death."

Huskisson Memorial, cutting nr Parkside Road, Newton-le-Willows, United Kingdom where they died (1830)