William James Clement

William James Clement (1802 – 29 August 1870) was an English surgeon and a Liberal Party politician who was active in local government and sat in the House of Commons from 1865 to 1870.

Clement was the son of William Clement who was a medical practitioner in Shrewsbury for over sixty years. He was educated at Shrewsbury School and at the University of Edinburgh.

He was an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, a Fellow of the Society of Apothecaries, surgeon to the 1st battalion of the Shropshire Rifle Volunteers, and in actual practice as a surgeon. He authored Observations in Surgery and Pathology and in 1834 was awarded the Fothergillian Gold Medal of the Medical Society of London.[1] In writing An Account of Two Cases of Intestinal Obstruction, in which the operation for the formation of an artificial anus was performed; one in the ascending, the other in the descending colon he claimed to have been the first surgeon in Great Britain who successfully opened the ascending colon for intestinal obstruction.[2]

He was an Alderman, Mayor of Shrewsbury[3] for 1861–62, a Deputy Lieutenant and J.P. for Merionethshire and a J.P. for Shrewsbury borough. At the 1865 general election Clement was elected Member of Parliament for Shrewsbury. He held the seat until his death aged 68 in 1870.[4] He was buried at the General Cemetery in Longden Road, Shrewsbury.[5]

Clement married Tryphosa Freme, daughter of W. P. Freme of Wepre Hall, Flintshire in 1845.[1]


  1. 1 2 Debretts House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1870
  2. Royal Society of Medicine Press 1852
  3. The Times, 30 August 1870 p3
  4. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 3)
  5. Francis, Peter (2006). A Matter of Life and Death, The Secrets of Shrewsbury Cemetery. Logaston Press. pp. 14–16. ISBN 1-904396-58-5.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Robertson
George Tomline
Member of Parliament for Shrewsbury
1865 – 1870
With: George Tomline
James Figgins
Succeeded by
Douglas Straight
James Figgins
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