1800 – He was born in Longsight, Manchester on the 24th of January.
1832-1833 – He was employed by the royal commission appointed to inquire into the operation of the Poor Laws, and he was made a full member of that body.
1834 – He drafted the famous report which procured the reform of the old Poor Law.
– He favored a much more centralized system of administration than that which was adopted, and he later complained that the Poor Law Reform was fatally marred by the rejection of his views, which contemplated the management of poor law relief by salaried officers controlled from a central board, the boards of guardians acting merely as inspectors.
1834 – He was appointed secretary to the Poor Law commissioners.
1847 – He was largely the author in the way he thought best, he found it hard to get along with his superiors, and the disagreement contributed to the dissolution of the Poor Law Commission.
1848-1849 – He was a commissioner of the Metropolitan Commission of Sewers in London.
– He was also a commissioner of the General Board of Health.
1884 – In January, he was appointed as the first president of the Association of Public Sanitary Inspectors (now the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health).
1889 – He was knighted.
1890 – He died on the 6th of July.