Sir Herbert Leon, Bt
|Member of Parliament |
1891 – 7 August 1895
|Preceded by||Sir Edmund Verney|
|Succeeded by||William Carlile|
Herbert Samuel Leon
11 February 1850
|Died||23 July 1926(aged 76)|
|Political party||Liberal Party|
|Spouse(s)||First Wife Esther Julia Beddington
Fanny Leon, née Higham(1878-1937)
|Mother||Julia Ann Samuel|
|Residence||Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire|
|Occupation||Financer & Liberal Party politician|
Sir Herbert Samuel Leon, 1st Baronet (11 February 1850 – 23 July 1926) was an English financier and Liberal Party politician, now best known as the main figure in the development of the Bletchley Park estate in Buckinghamshire.
He was the second son of George Isaac Leon, a stockbroker, and Julia Ann Samuel. He was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Buckingham at an 1891 by-election, after his predecessor Sir Edmund Verney had been expelled from the House of Commons. He was re-elected in 1892, but was defeated at the 1895 general election. He stood for Parliament one more time, when he was unsuccessful at the 1906 general election in Handsworth division of Staffordshire.
Over the years Leon acquired many plots of land in which he donated for public and educational uses. Leon gave the land of which is now known as Leon Recreational ground to the local council in demand for it to become a public park for the youth of Fenny Stratford and Bletchley. He also donated other plots of land in the south of Bletchley for them to become public schools for the local children of the Lakes Estate.
In 1970 Leon School and Sports College was built on the Lakes Estate in Bletchley in Leon's honour. In September 2012 the school was renamed as Sir Herbert Leon Academy as a sign of appreciation for the works and funding Leon and his late wife had brought to the local area.
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- British Jews in the First World War
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Sir Edmund Verney, Bt
| Member of Parliament for Buckingham
1891 – 1895
|Baronetage of the United Kingdom|
|New creation|| Baronet
(of Bletchley Park)
George Edward Leon