George Hay Morgan
George Hay Morgan (1866 – 24 January 1931) was a British Liberal Party politician.
He was born in the town of Hay-on-Wye Breconshire in 1866. This is where his middle name came from. He was the son of Walter and Ann Morgan, of Wernwilk House, Hay-on-Wye. He studied at Pontypool College, University College Cardiff and the University of London. He married Margaret Jane Lewis of Pontnewynydd, Monmouthshire.
He was part of the Baptist Ministry in North London. From 1890 to 1900 he was in charge of the Baptist Church, Woodberry Down, London. He was a Barrister-at-law and was later admitted to the Bar.
In Wales, he was an active member of the Liberal Party and also a member of the Welsh Nationalist Cymru Fydd. From 1897 to 1900 he was a member of the Tottenham School Board. At the 1900 general election he stood unsuccessfully as Liberal candidate for Tottenham.
Although Truro had been a Unionist seat Morgan, as a Baptist preacher, was able to attract the Methodist vote by preaching in the constituency's principal chapels. Morgan also justified his right to represent the Truro seat in Cornwall 'because he was a Cornishman, a Celt, and he ...belonged to the same stock, of the same blood line'. Morgan was the first student from University College Cardiff to be elected to parliament.
He was a party whip in the House of Commons. He served until the Truro constituency was abolished in 1918. For the 1918 General election he tackled a challenge in a new area when he stood as Liberal candidate for Ipswich, however the Coalition Government endorsed his Unionist opponent and he lost badly.
He was however a supporter of Lloyd George and the Coalition Government and in December 1920 he contested the Abertillery by-election, 1920 as a Coalition Liberal candidate against a Labour candidate who successfully defended the seat.
|Liberal||George Hay Morgan||4,009||37.4|
|Liberal||George Hay Morgan||4,187||53.2||+9.1|
|Liberal Unionist||Sir Edwin Durning-Lawrence||3,683||46.8||-9.1|
|Liberal gain from Liberal Unionist||Swing||+9.1|
|Liberal||George Hay Morgan||4,874||53.4||+0.2|
|Liberal Unionist||Sir Edwin Durning-Lawrence||4,261||46.6||-0.2|
|Liberal||George Hay Morgan||4,573||52.3||-1.1|
|Unionist||Francis John Childs Ganzoni||13,553|
|Liberal||George Hay Morgan||3,663|
|Coalition Liberal||George Hay Morgan||7,842||33.6||n/a|
|Liberal||Sir Courtenay Mansel||8,879||32.8||−16.6|
|National Liberal||George Hay Morgan||2,129||7.9||n/a|
|Labour||Alexander Wilkinson Frederick Haycock||9,868||38.4||+6.1|
|Unionist||Frederick Wolfe Astbury||9,752||37.9||-7.0|
|Liberal||George Hay Morgan||6,097||23.7||+0.9|
|Labour gain from Unionist||Swing||+6.5|
Notes and references
- ‘MORGAN, George Hay’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2016; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014 ; online edn, April 2014 accessed 20 July 2016
- General Election 1906, Wales and Monmouthshire: A Souvenir of all the Welsh MPs, 1906, Cardiff.
- Tregida, Garry, Representing the Duchy, Francis Acland and Cornish Politics 1910–1922, Cornish Studies, 15.
- British Parliamentary Election Results 1918–1949, F. W. S. Craig.
- British Parliamentary Election Results 1885-1918, FWS Craig
- Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1916
- British Parliamentary Election Results 1918–1949, FWS Craig
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by George Hay Morgan
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Truro