John Clifford

John Clifford CH (16 October 1836 in Sawley, Derbyshire – 20 November 1923 in London) was a British Nonconformist minister and politician. Clifford was son of a warp-machinist. As a boy, he worked in a lace factory, where he attracted the notice of the leaders of the Baptist community, who sent him to the academy at Leicester and the Baptist college at Nottingham to be educated for the ministry. In 1858, he was called to the Praed Street chapel, Paddington (London), and while officiating there he attended University College and pursued his education by working at the British Museum. He matriculated at the University of London (1859), and took its Bachelor of Arts degree (1861), Bachelor of Science (1862), Master of Arts (1864), and Bachelor of Laws (1866), and in 1883 he was given the honorary degree of DD by Bates College, United States, being known therefrom as Dr. Clifford. This degree, from a small American college, afterwards led to sarcastic allusions, but Dr. Clifford had not courted it. Cliffor's achievements at the University of London provided evidence of his intellectual equipment.


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