Charles Ponsonby

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Sir Charles Edward Ponsonby, 1st Baronet DL (2 September 1879 – 28 January 1976), was a British Conservative politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1935 to 1950.

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.[1] He played cricket for Oxfordshire in the Minor Counties Championship from 1900 to 1903.[2]

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.[3] He served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden from 1941 to 1945.

He was honorary Colonel of the Kent Yeomanry from 1942 to 1949. He gained the title of 1st Baronet Ponsonby of Wootton in 1956.

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.[1]


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Hilton Young
Member of Parliament for Sevenoaks
Succeeded by
Sir John Rodgers
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Wooton, Oxon)
Succeeded by
Ashley Ponsonby