Delane, John Thadeus (1817-1879), the son of a barrister, was born in London, and educated at King's College, London, and at Magdalen Hall, Oxford, where he graduated in 1839. He then studied at the hospitals, went to the bar, and finally took to reporting in the House of Commons. The attention of the proprietor of the Times was drawn to him, and he was appointed on the Times staff, becoming editor in 1841. This post he filled till 1877, being aided for much of the time by his brother-in-law, Dr. Dasent (q.v.). He did not write articles, but the Times owed much of its influence to his strong personality.