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John Gorham Maitland (October 27, 1818 – April 27, 1863) was an English academic and civil servant; he was a Cambridge Apostle.

He was the son of Rev. Samuel Roffey Maitland and Selina Stephenson.[1] He was born at Taunton, and had a private education.[2] Maitland was admitted to Trinity College, Cambridge in 1835. There he became one of the Cambridge Apostles.[3] He also became a Fellow of the college, after having obtained high places in the Tripos, both classical and mathematical, in 1839.[1] Maitland was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn, but found little practice. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1847.[2] He was secretary to the Civil Service Commission in succession to his Cambridge friend James Spedding from 1855 until his death in 1863.[1]

Maitland wrote for a period in the Morning Chronicle.[4] He was the author of two pamphlets, Church Leases, 1849, and Property and Income Tax, 1853.[1]

Maitland's wife Emma, second daughter of John Frederic Daniell, died in 1851. He was survived by a son, Frederic William Maitland, and two daughters.[3]


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