George Doughty

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George Doughty

Sir George Doughty (1854 – 27 April 1914)[1] was a British ship-owner and politician from Grimsby in Lincolnshire. He sat in the House of Commons for most of the period from 1895 to 1914.

Doughty was the son William Doughty from Grimsby.[2] He was educated at the Wesleyan Higher Grade School in Grimsby, and became a merchant, a ship-owner, and a partner in the Grimsby-based firm of Hagerup, Doughty and Company Ltd.[2] He became an alderman of Grimsby, and was twice Mayor of the town, and was a Justice of the Peace (J.P) for the Lindsey area of Lincolnshire.[2]

Standing as a member of the Liberal Party, Doughty was elected at the 1895 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Great Grimsby, defeating the sitting Liberal Unionist MP Edward Heneage by a majority of 181 votes (2.2%).[3]

However, in 1898 Doughty himself left the Liberal Party to join the Liberal Unionists, and offered himself to the voters of Grimsby for re-election. He resigned his seat on 21 July by taking the post of Steward of the Chiltern Hundreds,[4] and at the resulting by-election he was re-elected on 2 August with a majority 1,751 votes (21.5% of the total).[3]

He was returned unopposed[3] in 1900, and held the seat at a contested election in 1906 with a majority of 18.2% of the votes.[3] However, at the January 1910 election he was defeated by the Liberal Party candidate Thomas Wing.[3]

He ousted Wing at the December 1910 election, retaking the seat with a majority 698 votes (4.6%),[3] and two years later became a Conservative Party MP when the Liberal Unionists formally merged with Conservatives (although in practice the two parties had been largely indistinguishable for more than a decade).

He was knighted in the King's Birthday Honours in 1904.[5]

Doughty died on 7 April 1914, aged 60.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "G" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ a b c Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1901. London: Dean & Son. 1901. p. 41. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 114. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 
  4. ^ Department of Information Services (14 January 2010). "Appointments to the Chiltern Hundreds and Manor of Northstead Stewardships since 1850". House of Commons Library. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Birthday Honours". The Times (London). 24 June 1924. p. 12, col A. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Edward Heneage
Member of Parliament for Great Grimsby
1895Jan. 1910
Succeeded by
Thomas Edward Wing
Preceded by
Thomas Edward Wing
Member of Parliament for Great Grimsby
Dec 19101914
Succeeded by
Thomas George Tickler