Arthur Lever

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Sir
Arthur Lever
1st Baronet
Sir Arthur Levy Lever.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Hackney Central
In office
15 November 1922 – 6 December 1923
Preceded by William Woolcock
Succeeded by Leonard Benjamin Franklin
Member of Parliament
for Harwich
In office
8 February 1906 – 10 February 1910
Preceded by James Round
Succeeded by Harry Newton
Personal details
Born Arthur Levy
17 November 1860
Died 23 August 1924(1924-08-23) (aged 63)
Nationality British
Political party National Liberal
Other political
affiliations
Liberal

Sir Arthur Levy Lever, 1st Baronet (17 November 1860 – 23 August 1924), known as Arthur Levy until 1896, was a British Liberal Party politician.

Background[edit]

Born Arthur Levy, a son of Joseph Levy, of Leicester. He was educated at University College School and privately. In 1896 he married Beatrice Falk.[1] In 1900, they had a son, Tresham Joseph Philip Lever. Beatrice died in 1917.[2] He assumed the surname of Lever in lieu of Levy by deed poll in 1896 and by Royal licence in 1911.

Military career[edit]

He joined the army. He served with the 2nd V.B. Royal Fusiliers. He reached the rank of Major before retiring.[3] Following the outbreak of war in 1914, he was re-commissioned. He served in the European War as a Major in the 2/1st Battalion London Regiment of the Royal Fusiliers. He then moved to serve on the Headquarters’ Staff, Southern Command, with rank of Colonel. He was Deputy Director of Recruiting for South-Eastern Region in 1917.[4]

Political career[edit]

Arthur Lever

Lever was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Harwich in 1906.

He served as a Justice of the Peace in Essex. In 1906 he was appointed to the Royal Commission on Coast Erosion and Afforestation, serving until 1911. He lost his Harwich seat to the Conservatives at the January 1910 General Election. At the December 1910 General Election he stood unsuccessfully at Wolverhampton South.[5]

In 1911 he was made a Baronet, of Hans Crescent in Chelsea. He was a Member of the London War Pensions Committee. He was returned to the House of Commons at the 1922 general election as National Liberal MP for Hackney Central,

He stood down at the 1923 general election.

His elder brother Maurice Levy was also a Liberal politician and was created a Baronet in 1913.

Election results[edit]

General Election 1906 Harwich[6] Electorate 13,144
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Arthur Levy Lever 5,650 51.6 n/a
Conservative Harry Kottingham Newton 5,308 48.4 n/a
Majority 342 3.2 n/a
Turnout 10,958 83.4 n/a
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing n/a
General Election 1922:Hackney Central[7] Electorate 35,033
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Liberal Sir Arthur Levy Lever 9,795 46.4 n/a
Liberal Rt Hon. Thomas McKinnon Wood 6,825 32.3 n/a
Labour Arthur Alfred Lynch 4,507 21.3 n/a
Majority 2,970 14.1 n/a
Turnout 21,127 60.3 n/a
National Liberal gain from Liberal Swing n/a

References[edit]

  1. ^ Liberal Yearbook, 1907
  2. ^ ‘LEVER, Col Sir Arthur Levy’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2007; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007 accessed 12 Jan 2014
  3. ^ Liberal Yearbook, 1907
  4. ^ ‘LEVER, Col Sir Arthur Levy’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2007; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007 accessed 12 Jan 2014
  5. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  6. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  7. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1918-1949 (Craig)

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Round
Member of Parliament for Harwich
1906January 1910
Succeeded by
Harry Kottingham Newton
Preceded by
William Woolcock
Member of Parliament for Hackney Central
19221923
Succeeded by
Leonard Benjamin Franklin
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Hans Crescent)
1911–1924
Succeeded by
Tresham Lever