John Wilkes

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John Wilkes

John Wilkes (17 October 1725 – 26 December 1797) was an English radical, journalist, and politician.


  • When told by a constituent that he would rather vote for the devil, Wilkes responded: "Naturally." He then added: "And if your friend decides against standing, can I count on your vote?"
    • Arthur H. Cash, John Wilkes: the scandalous Father of Civil Liberty (Yale University Press, 2006), p. 211

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