David Graham Shillington

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Major David Graham Shillington PC(NI) (10 December 1872 – 22 January 1944) was an Ulster Unionist politician.

Early life[edit]

He was educated at Methodist College Belfast and Rydalmount School, Colwyn Bay.[1] He was the proprietor of a general merchant's shop in Belfast.

Political career[edit]

In 1921, he was elected to the House of Commons of Northern Ireland as Unionist member for Armagh, and then for Armagh, Central in 1929 until he resigned on medical advice in February 1941.

He served as Minister of Labour from 1937-38.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Shillington had six children. The youngest was Graham Shillington, who would become the Chief Constable of Royal Ulster Constabulary.[3]


  1. ^ "Northern Ireland Parliamentary Elections Results: Biographies". www.election.demon.co.uk. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "The Government of Northern Ireland". www.election.demon.co.uk. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "Sir Graham Shillington". The Daily Telegraph. 16 August 2001. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 


Parliament of Northern Ireland
Preceded by
New creation
Member of Parliament for Armagh
1921 - 1929
Succeeded by
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
New constituency
Member of Parliament for Armagh, Central
1929 - 1941
Succeeded by
George Dougan
Political offices
Preceded by
J. M. Andrews
Minister of Labour
1937 - 1938
Succeeded by
John Fawcett Gordon