Alfred Howitt (politician)
Early life and medical career
Howitt was born in Nottingham, the youngest son of Dr Francis Howitt, a doctor from an old Quaker family whose relatives included the anthropologist Alfred William Howitt. He was schooled at Epsom College and then graduated in natural sciences from Clare College, Cambridge, before training as a doctor at St Thomas' Hospital in London. After several years as a hospital doctor in London, he served during the First World War in France as a captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps, before returning to London in 1919 and practising as a physician in Berkeley Square.
Howitt entered the House of Commons on his third attempt, when he was elected at the 1931 general election as Member of Parliament (MP) for Reading in Berkshire. He was re-elected in 1935 and held the seat until he stood down at the 1945 general election.
In Parliament, Howitt worked with doctors in other political parties, and was chairman of the Parliamentary Medical Committee in 1943.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "R" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Howitt, Alfred Bakewell (HWT898AB)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- "Obituary: Alfred Bakewell Howitt". British Medical Journal. 2 (4902): 1489. 18 December 1945. PMC .
- Craig, F. W. S. (1983) . British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 220. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
- Craig, op. cit, page 222
- "(Supplement) no. 33390". The London Gazette. 1 June 1928. p. 3851. Retrieved 2 June 2010.
- "New Years Medical Honours". British Medical Journal. 1 (4383): 23. 6 January 1945. doi:10.1136/bmj.1.4383.23. PMC .
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Dr Alfred Bakewell Howitt
- National Archives : Howitt family
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