August 16th

Ebenezer Cobb Morley


On 16th August 1831, Ebenezer Cobb Morley was born in Princess Street, Hull, became a solicitor, an oarsman (he founded the Barnes and Mortlake Regatta), a footballer (he played in the first ever Football Association match), proposed the meeting which led to the creation of the FA, and drafted the first FA Laws of the Game in 1863. (d 20.11.1924)

On 16th August 1853, after 57 days, the Government Commission of Enquiry into Electoral Corruption held at the Mansion House, Hull, ended, and concluded that immense amounts of political corruption had been practised, but that other boroughs were equally corrupt. As a result, a Bribery Act was passed in 1854. In 1857, James Clay and Viscount Goderich (later Lord Ashley), the cause of the original complaint, were both re-elected with increased majorities. (and see 23.5)

On 16th August 1931, Charles Hudson, 53,  of Hessle was lost at sea during the Fastnet Ocean Yacht Race. (b 20.1.1878)

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