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John Levett

For other people with the same name, see John Levett (athlete) and John Levett (author).

John Levett (1721 — 1799) of Wychnor Park, Staffordshire, was an English landowner and investor, and a Tory politician.


John Levett was the son of Theophilus Levett (1693-1746), Lichfield attorney and town clerk, and his wife Mary Babington, daughter of Zachary Babington.[1] The Levett family had common roots in Sussex, and the branch had moved to Staffordshire. Levett was educated at Westminster School and Brasenose College, Oxford, and served for a time as a barrister at the Middle Temple and the Inner Temple in London.

Levett was elected Member of Parliament for Lichfield for one term only (1761-1762).[2] After his election to Parliament, Levett is not recorded having spoken or voted while there. Questions were raised about his election and he was unseated after a petition by his opponent Hugo Meynell, who re placed him as MP.[3][4] After being unseated by petition, he is not known to have stood for Parliament again.[5]

John Levett lived at Wychnor Park from 1765, when he purchased the estate while living in Lichfield. Levett was a sometime member of the Lunar Society, and an early investor in the industrial projects of Birmingham inventor Matthew Boulton.[6] In his will, John Levett assigned part of the revenues he derived from his Soho Manufactory investments to the Prebendary of Curborough, Staffordshire, to which the Levett family had ancestral connections.[7][8]

John Levett never married and is buried in Whittington, Staffordshire, where his Babington ancestors had resided, and where the Levett family continued to hold land.[9][10]


Further reading

  • The Lunar Men: Five Friends Whose Curiosity Changed the World, Jenny Uglow, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York, 2002 (see John Levett, MP)

External links

  • Funerary monument to John Levett, Whittington, Staffordshire,
Preceded by
Thomas Anson
Henry Vernon
Member of Parliament for Lichfield
With: Thomas Anson
Succeeded by
Thomas Anson
Hugo Meynell

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