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“What are the practical objects of the Congress movement? They are, to revive the national life, and to increase the material prosperity of country; and what better objects could we have before us? Lastly, as regards our methods, they are open and constitutional, and based solely on India's reliance upon British justice and love of fair play.” From the Presidential Address - William Wedderburn I.N.C. Session, 1889, Bombay
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He never failed to associate himself with the Indian affairs and considered a true friend of Indian movement. He was a member of many Royal Commissions on India and was the chairman of Indian Parliamentary Committee besides being the Chairman, British Committee of the Indian National Congress. In 1910 he took serious efforts to sort out the differences between Hindus and Muslims and preferred a constitutional solution rather than militant actions; the later will yield no results but apathy.
He succeeded to his brother's (Sir David) baronetcy in 1879, adding that rather confusing Bart to his name. His wife was Mary Blanche Hoskyns and by her had two daughters, one was born in Pune. He died at his home in Meredith, Gloucestershire on 25 January 1918 (aged 79).
01. In the YMCA building, at 49 Moore Street (Second Line Beach, Chennai (Madras) there were a statue of Annie Besant and a bust of ‘Sir William Wedderburn Bart”. They were, it, is believed, from the Gokhale Hall. Their connection with the YMCA building is a riddle. I don not know whether they are removed from the present location!
02. Wedderburn was member of the Welby Commission on Indian Expenditure (1895-1900), of which Dadabhai Naoroji was also a member.
03. He was the founder of the Congress and its president in 1889 and 1910.
04. He remained the Chairman of the British Committee of the Congress from July 1889 until his death