Henry Gooch (Conservative politician)

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Sir Henry Cubitt Gooch (7 December 1871 – 15 January 1959) was a British barrister, educationalist and Conservative politician.

Henry Cubitt Gooch was the second son of Charles Cubitt Gooch and Mary Blake, and an older brother to George Peabody Gooch. He was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge before being called to the bar at the Inner Temple.[1] He had a keen interest in education, and was a member of the London School Board from 1897 until its abolition in 1904.[2] In 1907 he was elected to the London County Council, representing Dulwich for the Conservative-supported Municipal Reform Party.[3] He presided over a number of the LCC education committees.[2]

At a by-election in 1908 Gooch was elected as Conservative member of parliament for Peckham, winning the seat from the Liberals. He held the seat at the ensuing election in January 1910, but was defeated by his Liberal opponent in December 1910.

In 1916 the British government appointed two committees to review the provision of education in the United Kingdom. Gooch was made a member of the Modern Languages Committee, which had the duty to advise on the measures that were needed to promote the study of languages "regards being had to the requiremants of a liberal education, including an appreciation of the hisdtory, literature and civilisation of other countries, and to the interests of commerce and public service".[4] He was subsequently appointed to the secondary and technical Burnham Committees which set the salary scales for teaching staff.[2]

Gooch continued his association with the London County Council, and served as its chairman in 1923–1924. In 1928 he was knighted as part of the Birthday Honours "for political and public services in the County of London"[5]

He married Maud Mary Hudleston in 1897, and they had three children. He died in January 1959, aged 87.[2]


  1. ^ "Gooch, Henry Cubitt (GC890HC)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ a b c d Obituary: Sir Henry Gooch, 19 January 1959, p. 10
  3. ^ The London County Council Election, Great Municipal Reform Victory, The Times, 4 March 1907, p.6
  4. ^ Science And Modern Languages, Two New Committees, Education After The War, The Times, 26 August 1916, p. 7
  5. ^ King's Birthday Honours. Three Peers And Five Baronets, Many Knighthoods., The Times, 4 June 1928, p.8

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Goddard Clarke
Member of Parliament for Peckham
Succeeded by
Sir Albion Henry Herbert Richardson
Political offices
Preceded by
Francis Robert Ince Anderton
Chairman of the London County Council
Succeeded by
J Herbert Hunter