Arnold Herbert

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Thomas Arnold Herbert (1863 – 22 November 1940) was a British Liberal Party politician and barrister.


He was a son of Professor Thomas Martin Herbert, Professor of Philosophy and Church History at the Lancashire Independent College, whose mother was sister of Ann and Jane Taylor, authors of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. He was educated at Mill Hill School, Owens College, Manchester, and St John's College, Cambridge. He married in 1896, Elizabeth Goodier Haworth. She died in 1917.[1]

Law career[edit]

Exhibitioner, Foundation Scholar and M’Mahon Law Student, Double First in Classical and Law Tripos, bracketed Senior in Law Tripos. In 1890 he was the winner of Yorke Prize of Cambridge University for 'The History of the Law of Prescription in England'. In 1891 he had this work published. Equity Scholarship of the Inner Temple. He received a Call to the bar in 1889 and practised at the Chancery Bar. He was appointed a King's Counsel in 1913. He served as a Justice of the Peace in Buckinghamshire.[1]

Political career[edit]

He served as Liberal MP for Wycombe from 1906–10. Standing for the first time, he gained Wycombe from the Conservative at the 1906 General Election. He served just one parliamentary term before defending his seat at the January 1910 General Election, when the Conservative Sir Charles Alfred Cripps won the seat with a majority of 17%.

He did not stand for parliament again.[2]

Electoral record[edit]

General Election 1906: Wycombe [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Thomas Arnold Herbert 6,839 54.9
Conservative A H S Cripps 5,626 45.1
Majority 1,213 9.8
Turnout 12,465 82.8
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing
General Election January 1910: Wycombe
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sir Charles Alfred Cripps 8,690 58.6
Liberal Thomas Arnold Herbert 6,134 41.4
Majority 2,556 17.2
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing


  1. ^ a b "Arnold Herbert". Retrieved 2013-05-12. 
  2. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1885–1949, FWS Craig
  3. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1885–1918, FWS Craig

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Grenfell
Member of Parliament for Wycombe
1906January 1910
Succeeded by
Charles Cripps