Albert Ernest Hillary

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Albert Ernest Hillary
Member of Parliament
for Harwich
In office
15 November 1922 – 29 October 1924
Preceded by Harry Newton
Succeeded by Sir Frederick Gill Rice
Personal details
Born 25 January 1880
Tow Law, County Durham
Died 10 February 1954(1954-02-10) (aged 74)
Frinton-on-Sea, Essex
Nationality British
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Annie Bartleet

Albert Ernest Hillary (20 January 1868 – 10 February 1954) was an English chocolate manufacturer and Liberal politician.

Family[edit]

Hillary was the son of John Hillary of Dans Castle, Tow Law, County Durham. In 1897 he married Annie Maud Mary Bartleet of Sparkhill. They had one son and a daughter. Annie Hillary died in 1945 but Hillary did not re-marry.[1]

Career[edit]

By profession Hillary was managing director of Carson’s Ltd. chocolate manufacturers of Glasgow. He also served as a Justice of the Peace.[2]

Politics[edit]

Hillary first stood for Parliament for the Barnard Castle Division of County Durham as a Liberal at the 1918 general election but came third in a four cornered contest, behind the victorious Labour candidate, John Edmund Swan, and the Coalition Conservative, John Rogerson. The Independent, O Monkhouse, standing on a ticket of agricultural and farming affairs came fourth.[3]

For the 1922 general election, Hillary switched seats to the Harwich Division of Essex. In a straight fight with the Conservative candidate, G StJ Strutt, Hillary won the seat by a majority of 764 votes – rather against the expected result, given the strength of the Conservative Party in the county.[4] He held the seat in the 1923 general election, again in a straight fight with the Tories who were this time represented by Sir Frederick Gill Rice, by a majority of 1,917. However in the 1924, with the Liberals in national decline and with the intervention of a Labour candidate, Rice won the seat from Hillary by a majority of 2,315 with Labour losing their deposit.[5]

Hillary carried on as Liberal candidate in Harwich until 1928 but then resigned.[6] He did not try for election to the House of Commons again.

Death[edit]

Hillary died on 10 February 1954 at the age of 86 years.[2] At the time of his death he resided at Royston, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex.[1])

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Who was Who, OUP 2007
  2. ^ a b The Times, 13 February 1954 p8
  3. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow, 1949 p338
  4. ^ The Times, 27 October 1922 p14
  5. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow, 1949 p352
  6. ^ The Times, 15 October 1928 p13

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Harry Newton
Member of Parliament for Harwich
19221924
Succeeded by
Sir Frederick Gill Rice