George Finch (1835–1907)

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Finch in 1895.
Burley House, Rutland

George Henry Finch PC (20 February 1835 – 22 May 1907) was an English Conservative politician, who represented Rutland in the House of Commons for 40 years, becoming Father of the House of Commons.

Finch was the son of George Finch, of Burley-on-the-Hill near Oakham and Belton.[1] On the death of his father in 1870 he became an extensive landowner, inheriting Burley House, near Oakham, Rutland.

Finch was elected as Member of Parliament for Rutland on 23 November 1867. He held the seat until his death in 1907.[2]

He married twice; firstly, in 1861, Emily Eglantyne Balfour, who died in 1865 after giving him a son and 2 daughters and secondly, Edith Montgomery, with whom he had a further 7 children. [3] Burley House passed to his son Alan George Finch.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Hon. Gerard Noel
Hon. Gilbert Heathcote
Member of Parliament for Rutland
With: Hon. Gerard Noel 1867–1883
James Lowther 1883–1885
Succeeded by
John Gretton
Preceded by
Sir Michael Hicks Beach
Father of the House
Succeeded by
Henry Campbell-Bannerman