Winterbotham was the son of Lindsey Winterbotham, a banker, of Stroud and his wife Sarah Anne Selfe Page. He was educated at Amersham School, Buckinghamshire, and at University College, London, graduating with honours, BA in 1856, and LLB in 1859. He was a Hume Scholar in Jurisprudence in 1858, and a Hume Scholar in Political Economy and University Law Scholar in 1859. In 1860, he was elected Fellow of his college and called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn. He was in practice at the chancery bar and as a conveyancer.
Winterbotham was as an elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Stroud at a by-election on 20 August 1867 and held the seat until his death in 1873. In 1870 he was appointed Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, an office he held until his death.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Henry Winterbotham
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
George Poulett Scrope
|Member of Parliament for Stroud
1867 – 1873
With: Edward Horsman to 1868
Sebastian Dickinson from 1868
|Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department
Sir Henry Selwin-Ibbetson, Bt
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