George Whiteley, 1st Baron Marchamley
|The Right Honourable
The Lord Marchamley
|George Whiteley MP, circa 1906|
to the Treasury
12 December 1905 – 3 June 1908
|Prime Minister||Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman
H. H. Asquith
|Preceded by||Sir Alexander Acland-Hood, Bt|
|Succeeded by||Jack Pease|
|Born||30 August 1855|
|Died||21 October 1925
|Political party||Conservative to 1900 Liberal 1900-1925(death)|
|Spouse(s)||Alice Tattersall (d. 1913)|
George Whiteley, 1st Baron Marchamley PC (30 August 1855 – 21 October 1925) was a British Conservative turned Liberal politician. He served as Chief Whip between 1905 and 1908 in the Liberal administrations of Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman and H. H. Asquith.
He was partner in a cotton-spinning firm and had major brewing interests.
As a Conservative, Whiteley was Member of Parliament for Stockport from 1893 to 1900. He then joined the Liberal Party, in whose interest he was elected M.P. in 1900 for Pudsey, serving until 1908. He became Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip) when the Liberals came to power in December 1905, and was made a Privy Counsellor in 1907. On 1 June 1908, he resigned from Parliament by accepting appointment as Steward of the Manor of Northstead. It was thought that his retirement was due entirely to insomnia, from which he had suffered for a long period. On 3 July 1908 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Marchamley, of Hawkstone in the County of Shropshire. He contributed occasionally in the House of Lords, making his last speech in November 1919. The Complete Peerage summarised up his oratory as: "A ready speaker, with a somewhat caustic humour, he was on the platform an effective asset to the Liberal Party".
Lord Marchamley married Alice, only child of William Tattersall, JP, of Quarry Bank, Blackburn, and St Anthony's Milnthorpe, in 1881. In 1907, he purchased, from the 4th Viscount Hill, Hawkstone Hall and its estates in Shropshire, later selling them in 1923. His own title was taken from the village of Marchamley, near Hawkstone Hall, and after Hawkstone itself.
Lady Marchamley died in 1913. Marchamley survived her by twelve years and died at his home, 29 Princes Gardens, London, after an operation in October 1925, aged 70. He was buried in the churchyard of St Luke's, Weston-under-Redcastle, Shropshire. He was succeeded in the barony by his son, William.
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- Kelly's Handbook of the Titled, Landed and Official Classes, 1925. Kelly's. p. 1089.
- The Complete Peerage, Volume VI. 1926. p. 522.
- "Death of Lord Marchamley". Shrewsbury Chronicle. 23 October 1925. p. 10.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by George Whiteley
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Louis John Jennings
Sir Joseph Leigh
|Member of Parliament for Stockport
1893 – 1900
With: Sir Joseph Leigh 1893–1895
Beresford Valentine Melville 1895–1900
Beresford Valentine Melville
Sir Joseph Leigh
|Member of Parliament for Pudsey
1900 – 1908
John James Oddy
Sir Alexander Acland-Hood, Bt
|Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
1905 – 1908
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
|New creation||Baron Marchamley
1908 – 1925