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John Rickman (1771-1840)

John Rickman (1771-1840) was a public servant and statistician. His Parliamentary career included twelve years as the Speaker's Secretary and twenty-six years as a Clerk in the House of Commons, but perhaps his greatest achievement was as the originator of the census in England.  Rickman supervised the population returns for four successive decades beginning in 1801.  His labours earned him recognition both home and abroad. In 1815 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society and in 1833 he received honorary membership of the Société Française de Statistique Universelle. He was a respected intellectual in 19th century London society. He died in August 1840 and is buried at St Margaret's, Westminster.


John Rickman (1771-1840), Speaker's Secretary and Originator of the Census


Samuel Lane


c 1831

Catalogue number

Palace of Westminster Collection, WOA 1176