Henry Cecil Raikes

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The Right Honourable
Henry Cecil Raikes
Henry Raikes Vanity Fair 1875-04-17.jpg
"Order, order"
Raikes as caricatured by Ape (Carlo Pellegrini) in Vanity Fair, 17 April 1875
Chairman of Ways and Means
In office
Monarch Victoria
Preceded by John Bonham-Carter
Succeeded by Lyon Playfair
Postmaster General
In office
19 August 1886 – 24 August 1891
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister The Marquess of Salisbury
Preceded by The Lord Wolverton
Succeeded by Sir James Fergusson, Bt
Personal details
Born 18 November 1838 (1838-11-18)
Chester, Cheshire
Died 24 August 1891 (1891-08-25) (aged 52)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Charlotte Trevor-Roper
(d. 1922)
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge

Henry Cecil Raikes PC (18 November 1838 – 24 August 1891) was a British Conservative Party politician. He was Chairman of Ways and Means between 1874 and 1880 and served as Postmaster General between 1886 and 1891.

Background and education[edit]

Born in Chester, Cheshire, Raikes was the son of Reverend Henry Raikes, Chancellor of the Diocese of Chester, and the grandson of Thomas Raikes, a merchant and banker in London, who was Governor of the Bank of England and a personal friend of prime minister William Pitt the Younger. He was educated at Shrewsbury School[citation needed] and Trinity College, Cambridge.[1]

Political career[edit]

Raikes was Member of Parliament for Chester between 1868 and 1880,[2] for Preston in 1882[3] and for Cambridge University between 1882 and 1891.[4] He served as Chairman of the National Union of Conservative and Constitutional Associations from 1869 to 1874.[5] In 1874 he was appointed Chairman of Ways and Means (Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons), a post he held until 1880, when he was sworn of the Privy Council.[6] He later returned to party political life when he served as Postmaster General under Lord Salisbury between 1886 and 1891.[7]

Raikes is one of the earliest British politicians to have had their voice recorded. George Edward Gouraud recorded him on behalf of Thomas Edison on the evening of 5 October 1888.[8]


Raikes married Charlotte Blanche, of Plas Teg, Mold, daughter of Charles Blayney Trevor-Roper, on 26 September 1861. They had several children, including Cecil Dacre Staveley Raikes (1874–1947), a Vice-Admiral in the Royal Navy, and Henry St John Digby Raikes, father of the Conservative politician Sir Victor Raikes. The family lived at Llwynegrin Hall, Wales. Raikes died on 24 August 1891, aged 52. Charlotte Raikes survived her husband by over 30 years and died in September 1922.[9]


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Earl Grosvenor
William Henry Gladstone
Member of Parliament for Chester
With: Earl Grosvenor 1868–1869
Norman de l'Aigle Grosvenor 1869–1874
John George Dodson 1874–1880
Hon. Beilby Lawley
Constituency suspended
Preceded by
Sir John Holker
William Farrer Ecroyd
Member of Parliament for Preston
February 1882November 1882
With: William Farrer Ecroyd
Succeeded by
William Farrer Ecroyd
William Tomlinson
Preceded by
Spencer Horatio Walpole
Alexander Beresford Hope
Member of Parliament for Cambridge University
With: Alexander Beresford Hope 1882–1887
Sir George Stokes, Bt 1887–1891
Succeeded by
Sir George Stokes, Bt
Sir Richard Claverhouse Jebb
Party political offices
Preceded by
Viscount Holmesdale
Chairman of the National Union of Conservative and Constitutional Associations
1869 - 1874
Succeeded by
Viscount Mahon
Preceded by
John Bonham-Carter
Chairman of Ways and Means
Succeeded by
Lyon Playfair
Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Wolverton
Postmaster General
Succeeded by
Sir James Fergusson, Bt