John Bethell, 1st Baron Bethell

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Sir John Bethell

John Henry Bethell, 1st Baron Bethell (23 September 1861 – 27 May 1945), known as Sir John Bethell, 1st Baronet, from 1911 to 1922, was a British banker and Liberal politician.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Bethell was the son of George Bethell and his wife Frances (née Tipper), and was educated at King's College London. His younger brother was Sir Thomas Bethell (1867–1957).[1]


He was a Director of Barclays Bank and of the Royal Exchange Assurance Corporation and also served twice as Mayor of East Ham and twice of West Ham. In 1906, Bethell was elected to the House of Commons for Romford, a seat he held until 1918, and then represented East Ham North between 1918 and 1922. He was created a Baronet, of Romford in the County of Essex, in 1911 and in 1922 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Bethell, of Romford in the County of Essex.[1]

Marriage and issue[edit]

Lord Bethell married Florence, daughter of James Woolley Wyles, in 1895. They had three sons and three daughters:

Lord Bethell died in a London nursing home, aged 83, and was succeeded in his titles by his second son, John.[2] Lady Bethell died in 1957.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. pp. 366–367. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  2. ^ a b "Obituary: Lord Bethell". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 29 May 1945. p. 6.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Louis Sinclair
Member of Parliament for Romford
Succeeded by
Albert Edward Martin
New constituency Member of Parliament for East Ham North
Succeeded by
Charles Williamson Crook
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Bethell
Succeeded by
John Raymond Bethell