Charles James Monk

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Charles James Monk (30 November 1824 - 10 November 1900 ) was an English Liberal politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1857 and 1885.

Monk was born at Peterborough, the son of Rt. Rev. James Henry Monk Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol, and his wife Jane Smart Hughes daughter of Rev. Hugh Hughes of Huneaton Warwickshire. He was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge.[1] At Cambridge he was the Sir W Browne's Medallist in 1845, University Members Prizeman in 1846 and 1847 and he graduated junior optime in 1847. In 1850, he was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn. He became Chancellor of the diocese of Bristol in 1855 and Chancellor of diocese of Gloucester in 1859. He was also a Deputy Lieutenant and J.P. for Gloucestershire[2]

At the 1857 general election Monk stood for parliament unsuccessfully at Cricklade.[3]

He was elected as one of the two Members of Parliament (MPs) for Gloucester at the 1859 general election but was unseated on petition. He was re-elected for Gloucester in 1865 and held the seat until 1885.[4] He was author of the Revenue Officers' Disabilities Removal Act, 1868.

Monk did not stand in the 1885 general election, when the parliamentary borough of Gloucester was abolished and the name transferred to a new county division with the same name, but covering a bigger area. He unsuccessfully contested the new seat in 1892, but won it in 1895 and held it until he stood down at the 1900 general election, shortly before his death.[5]

Monk was President of the Association of Chambers of Commerce of the United Kingdom from 1881 to 1884 and became a director of the Suez Canal Company in 1884. He was author of The Golden Horn.

Monk lived at Bedwell Park, Hatfield, Hertshire, where he died at the age of 75.

Monk married Julia Ralli, daughter of P. S. Ralli of London in 1853.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Monk, Charles James (MNK842CJ)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ Debretts House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1881
  3. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 1010. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  4. ^ Craig, 'British parliamentary election results 1832–1885, page 132
  5. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 111. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Carden
William Philip Price
Member of Parliament for Gloucester
18591862
With: William Philip Price
Succeeded by
Charles Berkeley
John Joseph Powell
Preceded by
Charles Berkeley
John Joseph Powell
Member of Parliament for Gloucester
18651885
With: William Philip Price 1865–73
William Killigrew Wait 1873–80
Thomas Robinson from 1880
Succeeded by
Thomas Robinson
Preceded by
Thomas Robinson
Member of Parliament for Gloucester
18951900
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