George Melly (MP)

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George Melly (20 August 1830 – 27 February 1894)[1] was an English merchant and shipowner and a Liberal politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1868 to 1875.

Melly was the son of Andrew Melly and his wife Ellen Greg, daughter of Samuel Greg of Manchester. He was educated at Rugby School and became a merchant and shipowner. He was a member of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board, and a director of the Union Marine Insurance Co. He was a J.P. for Liverpool and was major of the 4th Lancashire Artillery Volunteers from 1859 to March 1866. He authored a number of books and pamphlets.[2]

Melly stood unsuccessfully for Parliament at a by-election in April 1862 in Preston,[3] and in Stoke-upon-Trent at the 1865 general election.[4] Melly was elected as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Stoke-upon-Trent at a by-election in February 1868 following the resignation of the Conservative MP Alexander Beresford Hope.[5] He was re-elected at the general election in November 1868,[6] and in 1874,[7] and held the seat until his resignation on 5 February 1875 by taking the Chiltern Hundreds.[8]

Melly died at the age of 63.

Melly married Sarah E M Bright daughter of Samuel Bright of Liverpool in 1852.[2]

He was the great-grandfather of George Melly, the jazz singer and writer, and Andree Melly, the actress.


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  • School Experiences of a Fag
  • Compulsory Education
  • Reformatory System
  • Italy
  • Future of the Working Classes


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ a b Debretts House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1870
  3. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 248. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  4. ^ Craig, pages 290–291
  5. ^ "no. 23355". The London Gazette. 25 February 1868. p. 905. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "no. 23443". The London Gazette. 20 November 1868. p. 5996. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "no. 24064". The London Gazette. 10 February 1874. p. 592. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  8. ^ Department of Information Services (14 January 2010). "Appointments to the Chiltern Hundreds and Manor of Northstead Stewardships since 1850" (PDF). House of Commons Library. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 February 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Alexander Beresford Hope
Henry Grenfell
Member of Parliament for Stoke-upon-Trent
With: Henry Grenfell to Nov 1868
William Sargeant Roden Nov 1868–1874
Robert Heath from 1874
Succeeded by
Edward Kenealy
Robert Heath