Arthur Benn

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Lord Glenravel

Arthur Shirley Benn, 1st Baron Glenravel, KBE (20 December 1858 – 13 June 1937), known as Sir Arthur Benn, Bt, between 1926 and 1936, was a British businessman and politician.

Early life[edit]

He was born on 20 December 1858, in Cork, Ireland, the son of Reverend John Watkins Benn. He received his formal education at Clifton College,[1] then at Inner Temple.

Business career[edit]

He became a managing director, then the British Vice-Consul to Mobile, Alabama.

Political career[edit]

Benn became active in the Conservative Party, and stood in Battersea at the 1906 general election. In 1907, he was elected to London County Council, representing the equivalent seat, a post he held for four years. He stood for Parliament in Battersea again in January 1910. In December, he was instead elected at Plymouth.

In 1915 during the First World War he was a member of the House of Commons' 'Ammunition Committee', established by David Lloyd George as Minister of Munitions.[2]

Benn moved to represent Plymouth Drake in 1918, and in the Birthday Honours that year was appointed to the Order of the British Empire as a Knight Commander (KBE).[3] In 1921, he became the President of the Association of British Chambers of Commerce, a position he held until 1923, and also became the Chair of the National Unionist Association. In 1926 he was created a baronet, of Plymouth in the County of Devon.[4] From 1927, he was the Director of the International Chamber of Commerce.

Benn lost his seat in 1929, and at the next general election in 1931 was elected for Sheffield Park, but then lost this seat in 1935. In 1936 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Glenravel, of Kensington in the County of London.[5]


He died on 13 June 1937 at the age of 78, without issue, when the baronetcy and barony became extinct. His body was buried at Hanwell Cemetery in Ealing, London.

Personal life[edit]

He married Alys Maria Luling, daughter of Florenz Augustus Luling of New Orleans and later of Mobile, Alabama, on 9 May 1888.[6][7]


Coat of arms of Arthur Benn
Confirmed by Nevile Wilkinson, Ulster King of Arms, 30 June 1908.[8]
On a wreath of the colours a tiger passant Argent gorged with a collar dancettee Gules charged with a trefoil as in the arms.
Argent on a chevron indented Gules between three lions rampant Sable a trefoil slipped Or.
Courage Sans Peur


  1. ^ "Clifton College Register" Muirhead, J.A.O. p37: Bristol; J.W Arrowsmith for Old Cliftonian Society; April, 1948
  2. ^ 'The Private Papers of Douglas Haig 1914-1919', edited by Robert Blake (Pub. Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1952), p. 100
  3. ^ "No. 30730". The London Gazette (Supplement). 7 June 1918. p. 6686.
  4. ^ "No. 33191". The London Gazette. 13 August 1926. p. 5371.
  5. ^ "No. 34252". The London Gazette. 4 February 1936. p. 730.
  6. ^ Bruno, Stephanie (27 November 2004). "Luling Mansion Presides Over Neighborhood Near The Track". Picayune Times.
  7. ^ Pine, L. G. (1972). The New Extinct Peerage 1884-1971: Containing Extinct, Abeyant, Dormant and Suspended Peerages With Genealogies and Arms. London: Heraldry Today. ISBN 0900455233.
  8. ^ "Grants and Confirmations of Arms Vol. J". National Library of Ireland. p. 438. Retrieved 1 January 2023.
  • Michael Stenton and Stephen Lees, Who's Who of British MPs: Volume III, 1919-1945

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Preceded by Member of Parliament for Plymouth
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Peerage of the United Kingdom
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