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Isaac Foot (1880-1960)

Isaac Foot was born in Plymouth. He was educated at the Hoe Grammar School and was articled to a solicitor. He was admitted to the legal profession in 1902 and shortly afterwards founded the partnership of Foot and Bowden.

Foot was elected to the Plymouth Council as a Liberal in 1907 and remained in local politics for twenty years. He stood unsuccessfully for parliament on three occasions before being elected for the Bodmin constituency in 1922. He lost his seat in 1924 but regained it in 1929. Foot served as parliamentary secretary for mines between 1931 and 1932 but resigned over the issue of protection. He was defeated in the election of 1935 and failed in two attempts to return to parliament.

Foot was unanimously elected Lord Mayor of Plymouth in 1945, despite the fact that he was not at the time a member of the city council.

A devoted Methodist from early youth, Foot was a celebrated local preacher. He was vice-president of the Methodist Conference in 1937-38.

Foot's son Michael also served as a Member of Parliament and was leader of the Labour Party in the early 1980s.

Source: Dictionary of National Biography

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