George Gibbs, 1st Baron Wraxall

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George Gibbs in 1906
For other people of the same name, see George Gibbs (disambiguation).

George Abraham Gibbs, 1st Baron Wraxall, PC (6 July 1873 – 28 October 1931), was a British Conservative politician.

Educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford Gibbs was the eldest of the seven sons of Major Antony Gibbs and Janet Louisa Merivale, daughter of John Louis Merivale. His grandfather, William Gibbs, was the younger brother of George Henry Gibbs, the father of Hucks Gibbs, 1st Baron Aldenham, while his great-grandfather, Antony Gibbs, was the founder of the firm Antony Gibbs & Sons, bankers and merchants.

Career[edit]

In 1906 Gibbs was elected Member of Parliament for Bristol West (succeeding Sir Michael Hicks-Beach), a seat he would hold until 1928. He served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Colonial Secretary Walter Hume Long, 1st Viscount Long (his father-in-law) and as a government whip from 1917 to 1921 in the coalition ministry of David Lloyd George. In 1921 he was appointed Treasurer of the Household, a post he continued to hold also under Bonar Law and Baldwin until 1924 and again from 1924 to 1928. Gibbs was admitted to the Privy Council in 1923 and in 1928 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Wraxall, of Clyst St George in the County of Devon. He also served as a colonel in the North Somerset Yeomanry, and was appointed deputy lieutenant of Somerset in 1911.[1]

Family[edit]

Lord Wraxall married firstly Victoria Florence de Burgh Long, daughter of Walter Long, 1st Viscount Long. They had three children, one daughter and two sons. Both of the sons died as infants. After his first wife’s death in 1920, Lord Wraxall married secondly, Hon. Ursula Mary Lawley, daughter of Sir Arthur Lawley (later the 6th Baron Wenlock). They had two sons, successively the 2nd and 3rd Barons Wraxall.

Lord Wraxall died from pneumonia in October 1931, aged 58. He was succeeded in the barony by his eldest son from his second marriage, George Richard Lawley Gibbs, 2nd Baron Wraxall.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Michael Hicks-Beach
Member of Parliament for Bristol West
1906–1928
Succeeded by
Cyril Tom Culverwell
Political offices
Preceded by
Bolton Eyres-Monsell
Treasurer of the Household
1921–1924
Succeeded by
Thomas Griffiths
Preceded by
Thomas Griffiths
Treasurer of the Household
1924–1928
Succeeded by
George Hennessy
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Wraxall
1928–1931
Succeeded by
George Richard Lawley Gibbs