George Peel

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Not to be confused with George Peele.

Major Honourable Arthur George Villiers Peel, normally known as George Peel (27 February 1869 – 25 April 1956) was a British Member of Parliament and writer on politics and economics.


George Peel was the son of Arthur Peel, 1st Viscount Peel, a senior British Liberal politician, and Adelaide Dugdale. On 6 October 1906 at the age of 38 he married Lady Agnes Lygon. Graduating from Oxford University, he wrote extensively on politics and economics at a time when the world was in turmoil.[1] He was returned as MP for Spalding in the by-election of 1917, until the constituency was abolished in 1918 and was Clerk to the Treasury. He died aged 88 on 25 April 1956.[2]


He authored or edited many publications, normally under the name George Peel, or abbreviated "G.P." or "G.V.P.":[3]

  • Sir Robert Peel, from his private papers, Edited for his trustees by C S Parker ; With a chapter on his life and character by his grandson, the Hon George Peel, John Murray, 1899
  • The Enemies of England, Edward Arnold, 1902
  • The Friends of England, Murray, 1905
  • The Future of England, Macmillan & Co., 1911
  • The Tariff Reformers, Methuen & Co., 1913
  • The Reign of Sir Edward Carson, P. S. King & Son, 1914
  • The Private letters of Sir Robert Peel, Edited by George Peel, John Murray, 1920
  • The Economic Impact of America, Macmillan & Co., 1928
  • The Economic Policy of France, Macmillan & Co., 1937
  • The Work of Sir Robert Peel and its lessons for to-day, Cobden-Sanderson, 1938
  • The War: the root and the remedy, England, 1941
  • The Fiscal Policy of Europe, London, 1946
  • Imperial Preference, 1894-1945, London, 1945
  • How Free Trade Will Come Free Trade Union Pamphlets, London, 1947

He contributed several biographies to the Dictionary of National Biography, including those for:

  • Peel, Robert (1750–1830)
  • Peel, Robert (1788–1850)
  • Campbell, George Douglas


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Francis McLaren
Member of Parliament for Spalding
Succeeded by
Constituency abolished