Richard Monekton Milnes Houghton, lord, an English author, born in Yorkshire, June 19, 1809. He graduated at Trinity college, Cambridge, in 1831, entered parliament as member for Pontefract in 1837, and represented that constituency till Aug. 20, 1863, when he was raised to the peerage as Baron Houghton. He began his political life as a conservative, but soon allied himself with the liberals. In the house of commons he advocated popular education, religious equality, and measures for the reformation of criminals, and proved himself a warm friend of Italy in its struggles for unity and freedom. In early life he travelled much in southern Europe and in the East, and he has published several volumes of travels and a number of poems, some of the latter descriptive of oriental life and scenery. His works are: " Memorials of a Tour in Greece " (1833); "Memorials of a Residence-, on the Continent, and Historical Poems," and "Poetical Works " (1838); " Poetry for the People, and other Poems" (1840); "Memorials of Many Scenes: Poems " (1843); " Palm Leaves: Eastern Poems," "Poems Legendary and Historical," and " Poems of Many Years " (1844); "Good Night and Good Morning" (1859); "Monographs, Personal and Social" (1873); and " Poetical Works " (1874). He edited the letters and literary remains of John Keats, with a memoir (1848), has published many pamphlets and speeches on political topics, including " Thoughts on Party Politics," " Real Union of England and Ireland," and " Events of 1848, especially in their relation to Great Britain," and has contributed articles to the " Westminster Review " and other periodicals.