Albert Illingworth, 1st Baron Illingworth

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Illingworth
Albert Holden Illingworth in 1917.jpg
Postmaster General
In office
10 December 1916 – 1 April 1921
Monarch George V
Prime Minister David Lloyd George
Preceded by Jack Pease
Succeeded by F. G. Kellaway
Personal details
Born 25 May 1865 (1865-05-25)
Died 23 January 1942 (1942-01-24) (aged 76)
Nationality British
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Annie Crothers (m. 1895; div. 1926)
Margaret Wilberforce (1900-1986)
(m. 1931; his death 1942)

Albert Holden Illingworth, 1st Baron Illingworth PC (25 May 1865 – 23 January 1942), was a British businessman and Liberal politician. He served as Postmaster General between 1916 and 1921 in David Lloyd George's coalition government.

Background and education[edit]

Illingworth was the second son of Henry Illingworth, of Bradford, the member of an old Yorkshire family, and his wife Mary, daughter of Sir Isaac Holden, 1st Baronet. Percy Illingworth was his younger brother. He was educated at the London International College and became a partner in the family firm of Daniel Illingworth and Sons, spinners, and Chairman of Isaac Holden et Fils.[1]

Political career[edit]

In a 1915 by-election Illingworth was returned to Parliament for Heywood, a seat he held until the constituency was abolished in 1918,[1][2] and then sat for Heywood and Radcliffe until 1921.[1][2] He served under David Lloyd George as Postmaster General from 1916 to 1921[1] and was sworn of the Privy Council in 1916.[3] In 1921 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Illingworth, of Denton in the West Riding of the County of York.[4][1] The territorial designation derived from Denton Hall which he had purchased in 1920. However, the estate was sold already in 1925. Following his elevation to the peerage the Heywood and Radcliffe constituency was won in the subsequent by-election by the Labour candidate Walter Halls, a farm labourer employed by Illingworth.[5]


Denton Hall, the estate purchased by Lord Illingworth in 1920.

Lord Illingworth married firstly Annie Elizabeth, daughter of Isaac Holden Crothers, in 1895. They had no children and were divorced in 1926. He married secondly Margaret Mary Clare, daughter of William Basil Wilberforce, in 1931. This marriage was also childless. Illingworth died in January 1942, aged 76, when the barony became extinct. His second wife died in 1986.[1]


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Harold Thomas Cawley
Member of Parliament for Heywood
Succeeded by
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Heywood and Radcliffe
Succeeded by
Walter Halls
Political offices
Preceded by
Jack Pease
Postmaster General
Succeeded by
F. G. Kellaway
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Illingworth