Charles James Mathew
Charles James Mathew CBE KC (24 October 1872 – 8 January 1923) was a British lawyer and Labour politician. He was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Whitechapel and St Georges in the 1922 general election, but died 7 weeks later.
The second son of Sir James Charles Mathew LJ, Charles James Mathew was educated at the The Oratory School, Edgbaston, Birmingham and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1897 and took silk in 1913, specialising in Chancery cases. He was also an expert in Trade Union law.
A member of the London County Council since 1910, Mathew was also a member of the Statutory Committee on War Pensions and Chairman of the Special Grants Committee. He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1917.
Mathew's political views had moved steadily closer to the Labour Party, and he was selected by the party to fight the Whitechapel and St. George's constituency at the 1922 General Election. At the poll, he defeated the incumbent Liberal MP, James Kiley by just 428 votes.
Mathew died, aged 50, after an operation, less than two months after his election, becoming one of the shortest-serving MPs in history. At the subsequent by-election Harry Gosling held the seat for Labour.
- "Matthew, Charles James (MTW890CJ)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- The Times, obit., 10 Jan 1923
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Charles Mathew
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