Sir John Kennaway, 3rd Baronet

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Kennaway as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, April 1886

Sir John Henry Kennaway, 3rd Baronet PC (6 June 1837 – 6 September 1919) was an English Conservative Party politician.

He was Member of Parliament (MP) for East Devon from 1870 to 1885, when the constituency was abolished by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885. He was then MP for the new Honiton constituency from 1885 until the January 1910 general election.

Kennaway was made a Privy Counsellor in 1897, and from 1908 to 1910 he was Father of the House of Commons. In 1904 he was appointed as a member[1] of the Royal Commission On Ecclesiastical Discipline, which reported in 1906, recommending the repeal of the Public Worship Regulation Act 1874.

He also served as President of the Church Missionary Society.

He was a governor at the Kings School Ottery St Mary. As homage to him the school has named one of its houses after him—Kennaway.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Lawrence Palk
Edward Baldwin Courtenay
Member of Parliament for East Devon
With: Sir Lawrence Palk 1870-1880
William Walrond 1880-1885
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Honiton
Succeeded by
Sir Arthur Clive Morrison-Bell
Preceded by
Henry Campbell-Bannerman
Father of the House
1908 – 1910
Succeeded by
Thomas Burt
Baronetage of Great Britain
Preceded by
John Kennaway
(of Hyderabad)
1873 – 1919
Succeeded by
John Kennaway