Charles Morley (Liberal politician)

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Charles Morley

Charles Morley (27 November 1847 – 27 October 1917), was a British Liberal Party politician.


He was part of a family of Liberal politicians; he was the third son of Samuel Morley MP, and older brother to the Rt Hon. Arnold Morley MP. One of his older brothers was the businessman Baron Hollenden. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge (BA 1870; MA 1874).[1]


He was Honorary Secretary to the Royal College of Music. He was a partner in the firm of Messrs I. and R. Morley, of Wood Street, London.[2] He was a Justice of the Peace for Berkshire and Somerset.[3]

Political career[edit]

He was Liberal candidate for the Somerset East Division at the 1892 General Election but was unable to gain the seat from the Liberal Unionist. He was Liberal candidate for the Breconshire Division at the 1895 General Election in succession to the retiring Liberal MP, William Fuller-Maitland. The constituency had returned Liberals at every election since 1875 and Morley had no trouble holding the seat;[4]

At the 1900 General Election he was re-elected at Breconshire, unopposed. He retired from parliament just before the 1906 General Election.[5]

Election results[edit]

General Election 1895: Breconshire [6] Electorate 10,849
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Charles Morley 4,594 55.9
Conservative Thomas Wood 3,631 44.1
Majority 963 11.8
Turnout 75.8
Liberal hold Swing


  1. ^ Who's
  2. ^ Who's
  3. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and Judicial Bench, 1901
  4. ^ British parliamentary election results 1885-1918, Craig, F.W.S.
  5. ^ British parliamentary election results 1885-1918, Craig, F. W.S.
  6. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Fuller-Maitland
Member of Parliament for Breconshire
Succeeded by
Sidney Robinson