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He was Sheriff of Glamorgan in 1913  and served as Conservative MP for the Cardiff constituency from 1915 to 1918 and for Cardiff South from 1918 to 1923. He was created a baronet in 1919. In his time he was a director of 35 different companies, and gave much of his fortune to charity, particularly the King Edward VII Hospital and the Hamadryad Seamans Hospital in Cardiff.
Cory married twice, firstly to Elizabeth Hoskin Wills, with whom he had five children including Herbert George Donald Cory who became the 2nd Baronet. He had two children via his second marriage with Elizabeth Cansh Walker.
He died on his 76th birthday in February 1933 and was buried at Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff.
- Sir James Herbert Cory, 1st Bt., thepeerage.com, 18 Feb 2011. Retrieved 2015-12-07.
- Sir JAMES HERBERT CORY ( 1857 - 1933 ), 1st baronet, National Library of Wales online. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
- "No. 28701". The London Gazette. 18 March 1913. p. 2059.
- "No. 31427". The London Gazette. 1 July 1919. p. 8221.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Sir James Cory
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