Sir John Mowbray, 1st Baronet

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Sir
John Mowbray
John Robert Mowbray (1815–1899), by Walter William Ouless.jpg
John Robert Mowbray (Walter William Ouless, 1886)
Born (1815-06-03)3 June 1815
Died 22 May 1899(1899-05-22) (aged 83)
Nationality British
Occupation Member of Parliament
Known for Father of the House

Sir John Robert Mowbray, 1st Baronet PC (3 June 1815 – 22 April 1899), known as John Cornish until 1847, was a British Conservative politician and long-serving Member of Parliament, eventually serving as Father of the House.

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Mowbray was the son of Robert Stirling Cornish, and was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford. In 1847 he married Elizabeth Grey, the sole heir of George Isaac Mowbray of Bishopwearmouth. The same year he assumed by Royal license the surname of Mowbray in lieu of his patronymic to reflect the large fortune he married into. Together, they had three sons and two daughters.[1]

"Committee of Selection"
Mowbray as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, April 1882

In 1853 Mowbray was elected to the House of Commons for Durham, a seat he held until 1868, and then represented Oxford University from 1868 until his death in 1899. He served as Judge Advocate General under the Earl of Derby from 1858 to 1859 and under Derby and later Benjamin Disraeli from 1866 to 1868. He was admitted to the Privy Council in 1858 and in 1880 he was created a Baronet. From 1898 until his death the following year Mowbray was Father of the House of Commons. [1]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir William Atherton
Lord Adolphus Vane
Member of Parliament for Durham City
18531868
With: Sir William Atherton 1853–1864
John Henderson 1864–1868
Succeeded by
John Henderson
John Robert Davison
Preceded by
Sir William Heathcote
Gathorne Hardy
Member of Parliament for Oxford University
1868–1899
With: Gathorne Hardy 1868–1878
John Gilbert Talbot 1878–1899
Succeeded by
Sir William Anson
Lord Hugh Cecil
Preceded by
Charles Pelham Villiers
Father of the House of Commons
1898–1899
Succeeded by
William Wither Beach
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Pelham Villiers
Judge Advocate General
1858–1859
Succeeded by
Thomas Emerson Headlam
Preceded by
Thomas Emerson Headlam
Judge Advocate General
1866–1868
Succeeded by
Sir Colman O'Loghlen
Preceded by
Charles Pelham Villiers
Oldest Member of Parliament
1898–1899
Succeeded by
Spencer Charrington?
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
1880–1899
Succeeded by
Robert Mowbray