Biography of Edmund Law Lushington
Edmund Law Lushington (1811-1893) was a classical scholar and Professor of Greek at the University from 1838 to 1875, when he was awarded an LLD. He returned to the University as Rector from 1884 to 1887.
Lushington was a friend of Alfred, Lord Tennyson. The two men had been members of the debating club, The Apostles, while studying at Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1842 Lushington married Tennyson's sister, Cecilia.
Lushington succeeded Henry Fawcett as rector in 1884, after the former died in early November in the second year of his rectorship. As the post had to be filled by 15 November and there was little time to organise an election, the political clubs agreed to invite Lushington to stand for the post. He is the only Rector in modern times to have been elected unopposed.