Sir Edward Campbell, 1st Baronet

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Edward Campbell in 1928 by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd) © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Edward Taswell Campbell, 1st Baronet, of Airds, JP, MP (9 April 1879 – 17 July 1945) was a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom.

Ancestry[edit]

He was the son of Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Campbell (15 June 1843 – Airds, Sydenham Hill, Surrey, 13 September 1926) and wife (m. Christ Church, Paddington, 28 January 1869) Emilie Guillamine Maclaine (c. 1847 – Airds, Sydenham Hill, Surrey, 21 July 1928); paternal grandson of Sir John Campbell, of Airds.

Career[edit]

Educated at Dulwich College, Dulwich, London, prior to entering politics he served as a Vice Consul in Java between 1914 and 1920.

He was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Camberwell North West in 1924 but was defeated in 1929. He returned to the House of Commons in a by-election in 1930 as member for Bromley and sat until his death, which occurred during the 1945 general election. Polling took place on 5 July 1945. Campbell died 12 days later, but nine days before the declaration of the result. He was declared posthumously elected on 26 July 1945, provoking a by-election in his Bromley constituency. That contest was won by Harold Macmillan. (Coincidentally, Leslie Pym, the member for Monmouth, died exactly the same day and was also posthumously elected.)

In the House of Commons Campbell served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Sir Kingsley Wood on various occasions between 1931 and 1943, and later was PPS to Henry Willink as Minister of Health.

Sir Edward Campbell was created a Knight Bachelor in 1933 and the 1st Baronet Campbell, of Airds, in the County of Argyll, in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom, on 3 July 1939. He also served as Justice of the Peace of Kent. He died in Bromley, Kent, aged 66.

Marriage and children[edit]

He married on 28 January 1904 Edith Jane Warren (Surabaya, Java, Dutch East Indies, 7 December 1880 - Stonycrest, Hindhead, Surrey, 26 October 1951), daughter of Arthur John Warren (bap. St Pancras Old Church, London, 22 July 1847 - Epsom, Surrey, 17 November 1930), British Vice Consul in Surabaya and wife Sophia Jane Wilson (St Pancras, London, 17 May 1856 - Burghdown, Epsom, Surrey, 26 January 1920), and had issue, including:

References[edit]

  • Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3rd edition ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X. 
  • 'Who's Who of British MPs: Volume IV, 1945-1979' by Michael Stenton and Stephen Lees (Harvester, Brighton, 1979) ISBN 0-85527-335-6

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas James MacNamara
Member of Parliament for Camberwell North West
19241929
Succeeded by
Hyacinth Morgan
Preceded by
Cuthbert James
Member of Parliament for Bromley
1930–1945
Succeeded by
Harold Macmillan

Jamie Campbell-Walter