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John Wilson Croker (1780–1857)

Croker, John Wilson. An Irish miscellaneous writer; born in Galway, Dec. 20, 1780; died at Old Brompton, Aug. 10, 1857. His capacity for satire revealed itself in ‘An Intercepted Letter from Canton,’ and his ‘Songs of Trafalgar’ spread his fame as a poet. Macaulay’s review of his edition of Boswell’s ‘Life of Johnson,’ and his counterblast upon Macaulay’s. ‘History of England,’ form one of the famous literary duels. He was a Tory politician of intense fervor, permanently resigning his seat in Parliament because of the passage of the Reform Bill of 1832.