Edward Hermon

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Edward Hermon (2 April 1822 – 6 May 1881)[1] was a British cotton magnate[2] and Conservative Party politician.

At the 1868 general election he was elected on his first attempt a Member of Parliament (MP) for the two-seat constituency of Preston in Lancashire. He was re-elected in the 1874 and in 1880 general elections,[3] and held the seat until he died in office in 1881, aged 59.[1] The resulting by-election in Preston was held on 23 May 1881, and won by the Conservative candidate William Ecroyd.[3]

Hermon's last recorded contribution to debates in the House of Commons was eight days before his death, aged 59, on 28 April 1881, when he asked Prime Minister Gladstone a sceptical question about the proposed commercial treaty with France.[4]


In 1872–78 Hermon had Wyfold Court built at Rotherfield Peppard near Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.[2] It is an elaborate Gothic Revival country house designed by the architect Somers Clarke.[2]

Hermon's only daughter was Frances Caroline Hermon (died 1929), who was married in 1877 to Robert Trotter Hodge (1851–1937), who later became MP for Accrington and other constituencies. After being made a baronet in 1902, Hodge changed his surname to Hermon-Hodge in honour of his wife's family, and was later ennobled as Baron Wyfold.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Historical list of MPs: Constituencies beginning with "P" (part 2 )". Leigh Rayment's peerage pages. Retrieved 19 November 2009.
  2. ^ a b c Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1974). Oxfordshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 738. ISBN 0-14-071045-0.
  3. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. pp. 248–249. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.
  4. ^ "House of Commons Debates 28 April 1881 vol 260 columns 1313-4". Hansard 1803-2005. Retrieved 19 November 2009.
  5. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "Frances Caroline Hermon". ThePeerage.com. Retrieved 19 November 2009.[unreliable source]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Hon. Frederick Stanley and
Sir Thomas Hesketh
Member of Parliament for Preston
With: Sir Thomas Hesketh to 1872
John Holker from 1872
Succeeded by
William Ecroyd
John Holker