Henry Grenfell

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Henry Riversdale Grenfell (5 April 1824 – 11 September 1902)[1] was a British banker and Liberal Party politician.


His Cornish grandfather Pascoe Grenfell was a tin and copper manager and Member of Parliament (MP), while his father, Charles Pascoe Grenfell, was a director of the Bank of England from 1830 to 1864. His maternal grandfather was William Philip Molyneux, 2nd Earl of Sefton.

He was MP for Stoke-upon-Trent between 1862 and 1868.

He was a leading member of the Bimetallic League,[citation needed] and Governor of the Bank of England between 1881 and 1883[2] following a periods as its Deputy Governor.[3]

His son, Edward Grenfell also became a Member of Parliament and Bank of England director, and was the partner of Junius Spencer Morgan in the firm of Morgan, Grenfell & Company.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Ricardo
William Taylor Copeland
Member of Parliament for Stoke-upon-Trent
1862 – 1868
With: William Taylor Copeland to 1865
Alexander Beresford Hope 1865 – Feb 1868
George Melly from Feb 1868
Succeeded by
William Sargeant Roden
George Melly
Government offices
Preceded by
John William Birch
Governor of the Bank of England
Succeeded by
John Saunders Gilliat