Edward Grenfell, 1st Baron St Just

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Edward Charles Grenfell, 1st Baron St Just (29 May 1870 – 26 November 1941),[1] was a British banker and politician.

His father, Henry Riversdale Grenfell, was Governor of the Bank of England between 1881 and 1883. William Grenfell, 1st Baron Desborough, was his first cousin.[1]

He was educated at Harrow School and Trinity College, Cambridge,[2] where he was secretary of the Pitt Club.[1][3] On graduation, he immediately entered a career in banking with a position in Brown Shipley, and subsequently with Smith Ellison, moving to J. S. Morgan & Co. in 1900 at the invitation of Junius S. Morgan.[1] In 1904 Grenfell became a partner in the bank and in 1910, when J. P. Morgan restructured his London bank, it was renamed Morgan, Grenfell & Co. to reflect his position as senior partner.[1] He was a director of the Bank of England from 1905 to 1940.

Grenfell married Florence Emily Henderson in 1913.[1] In May 1922 he was elected a Unionist Member of Parliament for the City of London in a by-election and held the seat until 1935, when he was raised to the peerage as Baron St Just, of St Just in Penwith in the County of Cornwall.[1][4] Lord St Just died on 26 November 1941, aged 71, and was succeeded in the barony by his only child Peter George Grenfell (1922-1984).[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Obituary: Lord St. Just". The Times (49095). 28 November 1941. p. 7. 
  2. ^ "Grenfell, Edward Charles (GRNL889EC)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ Fletcher, Walter Morley (2011) [1935]. The University Pitt Club: 1835-1935 (First Paperback ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 92. ISBN 978-1-107-60006-5. 
  4. ^ "No. 34176". The London Gazette. 2 July 1935. p. 4241. 
  5. ^ "Obituary: Lord St. Just". The Times (61973). 30 October 1984. p. 12. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Frederick Banbury
Arthur Balfour
Member of Parliament for City of London
1922 – 1935
With: Sir Frederick Banbury 1922–1924
Sir Thomas Vansittart Bowater 1924–1935
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Vansittart Bowater
Sir Alan Garrett Anderson
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron St Just
1935 – 1941
Succeeded by
Peter George Grenfell