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Ball, John

Born: 1818 AD
Died: 1889 AD
Nationality: Irish
Categories: Naturalists, Politician

1818 – He was born on the 20th day of August this year in Dublin. He was educated at Oscott College near Birmingham, and at Christ’s College, Cambridge.


1846 – He was made an assistant poor-law commissioner.


1847 – He resigned this year.


1848 – He stood unsuccessfully as a parliamentary candidate for Sligo.


1849 – He was appointed second poor-law commissioner. However, he resigned in 1852. He successfully contested the Carlow County constituency in the Liberal interest. In the British House of Commons, he attracted Lord Palmerston’s attention by his abilities.


1855 – He was made Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies, a post that he held for two years.


1858 – He stood for County Limerick. Unfortunately, he was defeated and he then gave up politics and devoted himself to natural history.


1857 – He was first president of the Alpine Club.


1863 – It is for his work as an Alpinist that he is chiefly remembered, his well-known Alpine Guide, being the result of innumerable climbs and journeys and of careful observation recorded in a clear and often entertaining style.


1871 – He also traveled in Morocco and in South America in the year 1882. He recorded his observations in books, which were recognized as having a scientific value.


1889 – He died on the 21st day of October this year in London.