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1799, Jun 221872, Feb 8
a proponent and supporter of the earliest public railway system in the world and was the first Quaker permitted to take his seat in Parliament. In 1832, Pease was elected Member of Parliament for South Durham. As a Quaker, he was not immediately allowed to take his seat, because he refused to take the oath of office. Having set a precedent, a special committee considered the question and decided that Pease could affirm, rather than swear and thus, he was allowed to take his seat in Parliament. He was also unusual, in that, like most Quakers of the day, he refused to remove his hat, even when he entered the House of Commons.
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01/23/1832-Joseph Pease, a Quaker, admitted to Parliament on his affirmation 
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