Frederick Thomas Penton
He was the eldest son of Colonel Henry Penton, developer of the Pentonville area of London and his wife, Eliza Maria nee Langley of Brittas Castle, County Tipperary. He was educated at Harrow School and Christ Church, Oxford. In 1873 he received a commission in the 4th Dragoon Guards and served in the Anglo-Egyptian War of 1882. He left the army with the rank of captain in 1884.
He married Caroline Helen Mary Stewart of County Donegal in 1883. The couple had two children. He was an extensive land owner in a number of English counties, and was a justice of the peace for Buckinghamshire and the County of London, and a Deputy Lieutenant of Middlesex.
In June 1886 he was unananimously selected by the Conservative Party to contest the seat of Finsbury Central. Penton won the seat, unseating the sitting Liberal Party member of parliament, Howard Spensley, by the narrow margin of 5 votes. At the next general election in 1892 he was defeated by Dadabhai Naoroji, who won the seat by 3 votes following a recount. In April 1893 he indicated that he would not stand for parliament again. He was High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire for the year 1896.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Frederick Penton
- "Biographies of Candidates". The Times. 30 June 1886. p. 5.
- "Biographies of Candidates". The Times. 29 June 1892. p. 5.
- Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles (1929). Armorial families: a directory of gentlemen of coat-armour 2 (5 ed.). London: Hurst & Blackett. pp. 1534–1535.
- "Election Intelligence". The Times. 19 June 1886. p. 8.
- "The General Election. The Polls". The Times. 6 July 1886. p. 6.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "F" [self-published source][better source needed]
- "The General Election. The Polls". The Times. 11 July 1892. p. 5.
- "Election Intelligence". The Times. 4 April 1893. p. 9.
- "Deaths". The Times. 14 June 1929. p. 1.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Finsbury Central