Eaily defender of political liberty, free speech, and the rights of the people to elect their leaders. (1727 - 1797)
The bronze was commissioned by Dr James Cope who raised the money by Wilkes devotees
and unveiled in 1988. Wilkes was a Member of Parliament, Lord Mayor and a a champion of English Freedom.
Wilkes, an imposing figure, was marked by a strabismus, a squint, seen here in his portrait.
A replica of the figure was unveiled at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in