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Alfred Webb (1834 – 1908) was an Irish Parliamentary Party politician and Member of Parliament (MP) who played a role in every major nationalist organization from Butt’s Home Government Association to the United Irish League. Visiting India, he notably became the third non-Indian to preside over the Indian National Congress, at Madras in 1894.

He was first elected to the House of Commons of the United Kingdom on 24 February 1890, when he won a by-election for the West Waterford constituency. He was again returned for West Waterford in the 1892 general election, this time as an anti-Parnellite MP.

Webb was a supporter of Anti-Caste, Britain's first anti-racism journal which started in 1888. Researchers have reported [1] international collaboration between subscribers and other activists. For example, although he was not a regular subscriber, Dadabhai Naoroji co-signed a letter with Webb and others to request support for a new association: ‘The Society for the Furtherance of Human Brotherhood’.


See also


  1. ^ Dr Caroline Bressey, Anti-Caste: Britain’s First Anti-racist Journal, synopsis on ESRC website (RES-000-22-0522) accessed at [1] July 26, 2006


Further reading

  • Legg, Mary-Louise Alfred Webb: the Autobiography of a Quaker Nationalist, Cork University Press, 1999 ISBN 1-85918-202-X (See also information from publishers accessed at [2] July 26, 2006)

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Douglas Pyne
Member of Parliament for West Waterford
1890 – 1895
Succeeded by
James John O'Shee


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