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Bowring, Sir John (1792-1872), the first editor of the Westminster Review, was distinguished both in literature and politics. He was a member of Parliament from 1835-1849, when he was made consul at Hong-Kong, while in 1853 he was appointed governor. In 1856 he ordered the bombardment of Canton, as a consequence of an insult to the British flag; a proceeding which roused much opposition at home. He retired in 1859.