Booth, James
b. 1796(?)
d. 1880
James Booth was secretary to the Board of Trade from 1850 to 1865. Educated at St.John's College, Cambridge, and called to the bar at the Society of Lincoln's Inn on 10 February 1824.1 Booth was appointed counsel to the speaker in the House of Commons in 1839, where among other duties he prepared the Clauses Consolidation Acts of 1845 and 1847, which streamlined railway bills.2
He was appointed secretary to the Board of Trade on 10 October 1850 and resigned from these duties on 30 September 1865.3 He received a CB on 6 July 1866, and in February 1867 was appointed to the commission inquiring into trade unions and other associations.4 He died in Kensington on 11 May 1880.5
  • 1. M. C. Curthoys, Booth, James, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
  • 2. Ibid.
  • 3. Ibid.
  • 4. Ibid.
  • 5. Ibid.
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