Charles John Wingfield
Charles John Wingfield
KCSI CB MP
Photograph by Felice Beato, 1858–1859
|Member of Parliament
18 November 1868 – 5 February 1874
|Preceded by||New constituency|
|Succeeded by||Bedford Clapperton Trevelyan Pim|
|Born||16 April 1820|
|Died||27 January 1892(aged 71)|
|Profession||Bengal Civil Service|
Sir Charles John Wingfield KCSI CB MP (16 April 1820 – 27 January 1892) who was a British civil servant and politician. He had a distinguished career with the Bengal Civil Service, was later elected as the first Member of Parliament for the United Kingdom's Parliament constituency of Gravesend.
Wingfield's father, William Wingfield (1772–1858), was a Master in Chancery and served as a member of parliament for Bodmin in 1806. William changed his surname to Wingfield-Baker in 1849 by Royal licensure after his inheritance of Orsett Hall in Essex. Several of William's children changed their surname as well. From William's first marriage to Lady Charlotte-Maria (died 1807), eldest daughter of Henry Digby, 1st Earl Digby, Wingfield had several older half siblings including: George-Digby, John-Digby, Mary, Caroline, Frances-Eliza, and Richard Baker Wingfield-Baker, a member of parliament for South Essex.
By his father's marriage to Wingfield's mother, Elizabeth Mills, Wingfield had several additional siblings, including: William-Wriothesley-Digby, Frederick, Henry, Kenelm-Digby, Julia, and Lucy.
Wingfield served in the Bengal Civil Service from 1840 to 1866. He was a proponent of Charles Canning's clemency policy during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. While in the BCS, he held several offices including Commissioner of Gorakhpur, which is the post he held when appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath on 18 May 1860, and Vice-Chairman of the East India Association's Council. From 15 February 1859 to 20 April 1860, he was the Chief Commissioner of Oude. On 24 May 1866, he was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Star of India.
A Liberal, Wingifled was elected to Parliament over Bedford Clapperton Trevelyan Pim, serving served during the period of 18 November 1868 to 5 February 1874 when Wingfield was unseated by Pim.
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|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|New constituency||Member of Parliament for Gravesend
Bedford Clapperton Trevelyan Pim