Yes, Mark, you are quite correct. I was getting mixed up with the 1867
Reform Act which gave the vote to every male adult householder living in a
borough constituency. Male lodgers paying £10 for unfurnished rooms were
also granted the vote. This gave the vote to about 1,500,000 men. But
universal male suffrage (for adults of course!) wasn't introduced till 1918
along with the initial grant of the vote to women over 30, although this was
initially also subject to property qualifications.
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark Weiss" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, January 10, 2003 8:07 AM
Subject: Re: "form"
At 06:33 AM 1/10/2003 +0000, you wrote:
> >Even in its limited form it's fairly recent for most males.
>When was universal male suffrage attained in the UK, for instance?<
>Speaking from memory I think it was 1874 whereas the same wasn't extended
>women till 1928. I hope those dates are correct but certainly there was
>roughly a two generation gap.
Universal male suffrage 1918, universal female suffrage 1928. There were a
lot of intermediate steps in both cases, like the 1874 of your memory. But
even two generatins are a blip in time, tho not for those who live them.