Herbert Paul

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Herbert Woodfield Paul (1853–1935) was an English writer and Liberal MP.

Paul was the eldest son of George Woodfield Paul, Vicar of Finedon, and Jessie Philippa Mackworth.[1] He was educated at Eton College and Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he became President of the Oxford Union. He was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1878. He was a leader-writer on the Daily News. In 1883 he married Elinor Budworth, daughter of the Hon. William Ritchie, Legal member of the Viceregal Council at Calcutta.[2]

In 1892 he became MP for Edinburgh South. He lost his seat in 1895, but returned to the House of Commons as MP for Northampton from 1906 to January 1910. From 1909 to 1918 he was the Second Civil Service Commissioner.[1]


  • Men and Letters, 1901
  • Gladstone, 1901
  • Matthew Arnold, 1902
  • History of Modern England, 1904-6 (5 vols)
  • Life of Froude, 1905


  1. ^ a b Who Was Who, 1929-40
  2. ^ Foster, Men at the Bar, 1885


  • Ernest Gaskell, Northamptonshire Leaders: Social and Political. London, Queenhithe, c. 1908

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Hugh Childers
Member of Parliament for Edinburgh South
Succeeded by
Robert Cox
Preceded by
Henry Labouchère
John Greenwood Shipman
Member of Parliament for Northampton
1906Jan. 1910
With: John Greenwood Shipman
Succeeded by
Charles McCurdy
Hastings Lees-Smith