George Samuel Elliott

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Sir George Samuel Elliott (1847 – 4 May 1925) was a British businessman and politician.[1] [2] [3]

Born in Islington, he was educated at the City of London School and entered business as a refreshment contractor with premises at Upper Street.[3] [1] In 1875 he was elected to Islington Vestry. He subsequently became a member of the Islington Board of Guardians: during his 38 years membership he was chairman for 20 years and vice-chairman for 9.[1] [2]

When the first elections to the London County Council were held in January 1889, Elliott was elected as one of two councillors representing Islington South.[4] Originally a member of the Liberal-backed Progressive Party, he was re-elected in 1892 and 1895.[5] [6] There was some doubt as to his party allegiance by the time of the 1898 election: as a Unionist he was seen as being aligned to the Conservative supported opposition Moderate Party, although he was nominated by the Progressives.[7] He was later described as an "Independent Progressive", and at the 1901 election was returned unopposed, taking the Moderate whip.[8] He stood at the 1904 council election as an independent, but was defeated.[9]

Elliott was elected to the Islington Borough Council as a Conservative, and was thirteen times mayor of Islington: in 1902/03, from 1906–09, and from 1910–18.[3] [1] [2] As mayor during the First World War he was largely responsible for raising the 21st (Service) Battalion (Islington), The Middlesex Regiment.[2] [1] [10] He was knighted in 1917.[11] [1] [3]

At the 1918 general election he was elected as Coalition Conservative member of parliament for Islington West.[3] [1] [2] He retired from parliament at the next general election in 1922.[12]

He married Elizabeth Frances Hellier, Upottery, Devon and the couple had six children.[2] [1] He died suddenly at his home "The Chalkpit", Maidenhead, Berkshire, in 1925. He was buried at Abney Park Cemetery.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "ELLIOTT, Sir George (Samuel)". Who Was Who. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Obituary: Sir G. S. Elliott". The Times. 6 May 1925. p. 18. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Debrett's House of Commons. 1922. p. 52. 
  4. ^ "The County Councils - London Polls". The Times. 18 January 1889. p. 9. 
  5. ^ "The London County Council Election". The Times. 7 March 1892. p. 10. 
  6. ^ "The London County Council Election". The Times. 4 March 1895. p. 7. 
  7. ^ "Yesterday's Poll. London Saved. Great Progressive Poll". Daily News. 4 March 1898. 
  8. ^ "London County Council Election". The Times. 4 March 1901. p. 7. 
  9. ^ "London County Council Election". The Times. 7 March 1904. p. 12. 
  10. ^ Baker, Chris. "The Middlesex Regiment". The Long, Long Trail. The British Army in the Great War. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  11. ^ The London Gazette: no. 30138. p. 6048. 19 June 1917.
  12. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "I" [self-published source][better source needed]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Lough
Member of Parliament for Islington West
Succeeded by
James Despencer-Robertson