Geoffrey Howard (Liberal politician)
|Vice-Chamberlain of the Household|
6 February 1911 – 25 May 1915
|Prime Minister||H. H. Asquith|
|Preceded by||Sir John Fuller, Bt|
|Succeeded by||Cecil Beck|
|Born||12 February 1877|
|Died||20 June 1935|
|Spouse(s)||Hon. Ethel Methuen
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Cambridge|
The Honourable Geoffrey William Algernon Howard JP (12 February 1877 – 20 June 1935) was a British Liberal politician. He served as Vice-Chamberlain of the Household under H. H. Asquith between 1911 and 1915.
Background and education
Howard was the fifth son of George Howard, 9th Earl of Carlisle, and the Honourable Rosalind Frances Stanley, daughter of Edward Stanley, 2nd Baron Stanley of Alderley. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a Master of Arts. He was also joint Secretary of Cambridge University Liberal Club from 1897 to 1899.
|General Election 1906 Eskdale
|Liberal||Hon. Geoffrey William Algernon Howard||4,467||51.4||+6.1|
|Conservative||Claude William Henry Lowther||4,230||48.6||-6.1|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+6.1|
In 1909 he was appointed private secretary to the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade, Harold Tennant. In 1910 he faced re-election at the General Election, and although the Liberal Party lost ground, he was able to hold his seat;
|General Election January 1910 Eskdale
|Liberal||Hon. Geoffrey William Algernon Howard||4,504||50.2||-1.2|
|Conservative||Claude William Henry Lowther||4,470||49.8||+1.2|
After the election he was appointed private secretary to the Prime Minister H. H. Asquith. Another General Election followed 11 months later but this time Howard lost his Eskdale seat. Out of parliament, he was keen to make a return as soon as possible. In 1911 a vacancy occurred in the Westbury division of Wiltshire when the sitting Liberal MP resigned to take up a diplomatic appointment. Howard was chosen as the Liberal candidate for the by-election and retained the seat;
|Westbury by-election, 1911
|Liberal||Hon. Geoffrey William Algernon Howard||5,073||53.0||-1.8|
|Conservative||George Llewellen Palmer||4,492||47.0||+1.8|
In 1911 Asquith appointed him Vice-Chamberlain of the Household, a post he held until 1915. He then served as a Junior Lord of the Treasury from 1915 to 1916. In 1917 Asquith was replaced as Prime Minister by Lloyd George and went into opposition to the Coalition Government. Howard followed Asquith into opposition. As a result, when the Coalition was endorsing candidates for the 1918 General election, at Westbury, endorsement was given to his Unionist opponent and he was defeated;
|General Election 14 December 1918: Westbury
|Unionist||Brig-Gen. George Llewellen Palmer||9,261||49.1|
|Liberal||Capt. Hon. Geoffrey William Algernon Howard||6,064||32.1|
|Labour||Capt. Ernest Nathaniel Bennett||3,537||18.8|
|Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing|
He was out of parliament from 1918-1922 and for the 1922 General election, he sought a return to parliament in his old stomping ground of Cumberland when he contested North Cumberland. However, he was unsuccessful in wrestling the seat away from the Unionist;
|General Election 15 November 1922:
|Unionist||Hon. Donald Stirling Palmer Howard||8,815||50.8||n/a|
|Liberal||Hon. Geoffrey William Algernon Howard||8,544||49.2||n/a|
In 1923 another General Election occurred and this time he fought the Bedfordshire division of Luton. The Liberals were experiencing something of a revival nationally and this helped him gain the seat from the Unionists;
|General Election 1923
|Liberal||Hon. Geoffrey William Algernon Howard||15,569||51.4|
|Unionist||Sir John Prescott Hewett||11,738||38.7|
|Liberal gain from Unionist||Swing|
Another General Election followed a year later in 1924 and with the Unionists in the ascendency, he lost his seat;
|General Election 1924
|Unionist||Terence James O'Connor||15,443||47.1|
|Liberal||Hon. Geoffrey William Algernon Howard||11,495||35.1|
|Labour||Philip L Millwood||5,850||17.8|
|Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing|
This effectively ended Howard's parliamentary career as he did not contest another parliamentary seat.
Apart from his political career Howard was also a Justice of Peace and a temporary lieutenant in the Royal Naval Division in 1914. In 1931 he became Lord Lieutenant of the North Riding of Yorkshire, which he remained until his death four years later.
Howard married the Honourable Ethel Christian Methuen, daughter of the Field Marshal Paul Methuen, 3rd Baron Methuen, on 15 May 1915. They had five children, two daughters and three sons, including Dame Christian Howard and the life peer George Howard, Baron Howard of Henderskelfe. His other two sons, Mark and Christopher, were both killed in action in 1944. Ethel Howard died in April 1932, aged 43. Howard died in June 1935, aged 58.
- thepeerage.com Hon. Geoffrey William Algernon Howard
- "Howard, the Hon. Geoffrey William Algernon (HWRT895GW)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- The Howard family
- British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
- British parliamentary election results 1885-1918, Craig, F. W. S. (1974)
- The London Gazette: . 7 February 1911.
- The London Gazette: . 4 June 1915.
- The London Gazette: . 11 June 1915.
- British parliamentary election results 1918-1949, Craig, F. W. S. (1974)
- British parliamentary election results 1918-1949, Craig
- The London Gazette: . 22 September 1931.
- The London Gazette: . 23 July 1935.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Geoffrey Howard
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Eskdale
1906 – Dec. 1910
Sir John Fuller
|Member of Parliament for Westbury
1911 – 1918
George Llewellen Palmer
Sir John Prescott Hewett
|Member of Parliament for Luton
1923 – 1924
Sir John Fuller, Bt
|Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
Sir Thomas Bell, Bt
|Lord Lieutenant of the North Riding of Yorkshire
The Lord Bolton