Joseph Foley

For the politician in Manitoba, Canada, see Joseph P. Foley.

Joseph William Foley (1821 – January 1881) was an Irish solicitor from Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin who briefly became a nationalist politician.

His father William was from New Ross in County Wexford, and his mother Elizabeth Crawford was from Northumberland. He was educated at St Cuthbert's College in County Durham, and became a solicitor in 1841.[1] He was also a justice of the peace for County Dublin.[1] In 1865 he married Julia Cram, from Crofthouse in Northumberland.[2]

Foley was elected at the 1880 general election as a Home Rule League Member of Parliament (MP) for New Ross, defeating the sitting Conservative MP Charles George Tottenham.[3]

However, he resigned his seat in January 1881 by becoming Steward of the Manor of Northstead.[4] The resulting by-election for his seat was won by the Home Rule candidate John Redmond,[3][4] who later became leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party.

Foley died in January 1881 not long after stepping down as an MP.


  1. 1 2 "The New Members Of Parliament". The Times. London. 13 April 1880. p. 10. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  2. "The New Members Of Parliament". The Times. London. 14 April 1880. p. 12. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  3. 1 2 Walker, Brian M., ed. (1978). Parliamentary Election Results in Ireland 1801–1922. A New History of Ireland. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. p. 307. ISBN 0901714127. ISSN 0332-0286.
  4. 1 2 The London Gazette: no. 24932. p. 501. 4 February 1881. Retrieved 25 May 2014.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles George Tottenham
Member of Parliament for New Ross
Succeeded by
John Redmond

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