Edward Greene (MP)

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Edward Greene (17 August 1815 – 5 April 1891) was an English brewer and Conservative politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1865 and 1891.

Greene was the son of Benjamin Greene, a West Indies proprietor,[1] who established the Greene King brewery in Bury St Edmunds in 1799.[2] Greene was educated at the Grammar School at Bury St Edmunds[1] and in 1836 took over the management of the brewery company from his father. He expanded and diversified the company significantly, doubling the brewery workforce to fifty and increasing output to 40,000 barrels a year by 1870. Greene introduced unprecedented benefits for his workforce including a pension scheme and new standards of housing for his workers.[2] He was a J.P. and Deputy Lieutenant for Suffolk and a master of the Suffolk Fox Hounds.

Greene was elected at the 1865 general election as Member of Parliament (MP) for Bury St Edmunds, and held the seat until the constituency was reduced to one member at the 1885 general election.[3]

He did not stand in 1885,[4] but at the 1886 general election he was elected for the Stowmarket constituency, and held that seat until his death in 1891,[4] aged 75.

Greene married firstly in 1840 Emily Smythies, daughter of Rev. G Smythies of Stanground near Peterborough, and secondly in 1870 Caroline Dorothea Hoste, daughter of Charles Prideaux Brune and widow of Rear Admiral Sir William Hoste.[1] His son Edward succeeded as brewer and MP.


  1. ^ a b c "Debretts House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1881". Archive.org. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  2. ^ a b "Greene King". Greenekingpubs.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  3. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  4. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Lord Alfred Hervey and
Joseph Hardcastle
Member of Parliament for Bury St Edmunds
With: Joseph Hardcastle to 1874
Lord Francis Hervey 1874–1880
Joseph Hardcastle 1880–1885
Succeeded by
Lord Francis Hervey
Preceded by
Felix Cobbold
Member of Parliament for Stowmarket
Succeeded by
Sydney Stern