A member of the prominent Ponsonby family, he was the son of Hon. Edwin Charles William Ponsonby, fifth son of Charles Ponsonby, 2nd Baron de Mauley, and Emily Dora Cope. He played cricket for Oxfordshire in the Minor Counties Championship from 1900 to 1903.
Ponsonby was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Sevenoaks at the Sevenoaks by-election in 1935. He held the seat until the 1950 general election. He served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden from 1941 to 1945.
Ponsonby married Hon. Winifred Marian Gibbs, daughter of Herbert Gibbs, 1st Baron Hunsdon, of Hunsdon and Anna Maria Durant, on 23 July 1912. They had four daughters and a son who succeeded to the Baronetcy.
- The peerage.com
- "Player profile: Charles Ponsonby". CricketArchive. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 2)
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Sir Charles Ponsonby
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