Frederick William Chance

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Sir Frederick Chance, in 1926

Sir Frederick William Chance (26 December 1852 – 31 August 1932)[1] was a British Liberal Party[2] politician from Carlisle. He sat in the House of Commons from 1905 to 1910.


Chance was from a long-established family of businessmen and politicians in Carlisle. He ran the family's cotton-manufacturing firm in the town, Ferguson Brothers,[3] and served as Mayor of Carlisle in 1904, before becoming a member of Cumberland County Council.[3] Both his grandfather Joseph Ferguson and his uncle[3] Robert Ferguson had been Members of Parliament (MPs) for the borough of Carlisle and he was a brother-in-law of Sir Henry Seton-Karr,[3] the MP for St Helens.

Carlisle's MP since 1886 was William Court Gully, who served as Speaker of the House of Commons from 1895 to 1905. Ill-health forced Gully to resign as Speaker in May 1905,[4] and at the by-election in July 1905 Chance was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Carlisle.[5] He was re-elected unopposed in 1906,[6] and held the seat until the January 1910 general election,[1] when he did not stand again.[2]

He was High Sheriff of Cumberland in 1915.[7]


  1. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 93. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Election Intelligence. Carlisle". The Times (London). 15 July 1905. p. 7, col E. 
  4. ^ "Political Notes. Resignation Of The Speaker". The Times (London). 31 May 1905. p. 9, col F. 
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27818. p. 4982. 18 July 1905. Retrieved 13 December 2010.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27885. p. 1039. 13 February 1906. Retrieved 13 December 2010.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: no. 29086. p. 2088. 2 March 1915. Retrieved 13 December 2010.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Court Gully
Member of Parliament for Carlisle
1905January 1910
Succeeded by
Richard Denman