John Charles Williams

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John Charles Williams (30 April 1861 – 29 Mar 1939)[1] was an English Liberal Unionist[2] politician and a noted gardener at Caerhays Castle, Cornwall, where he grew and bred rhododendrons and other plants.[3] An important group of camellia cultivars, Camellia × williamsii, was originally bred by him. He also took an interest in the development of new daffodil cultivars.[4]

He was educated at Rugby School and at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.[3]

In 1882 he acquired the estate of Werrington, then in Devon, since 1974 in Cornwall.[5] He was elected at the 1892 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Truro, and held the seat until he stood down at the 1895 general election.[1][2] He was High Sheriff of Cornwall in 1888,[3] and Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall from 1918-36.[3]

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  1. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "T" (part 2)
  2. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 243. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Williams, John Charles (WLMS881JC)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  4. ^ Oxford dictionary of national biography. United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. 2004. p. 61472. ISBN 019861411X. 
  5. ^ Cornwall Record Office, Werrington Estate Records, covering dates 1433 - 1909, ref: WW, Introduction

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Bickford-Smith
Member of Parliament for Truro
Succeeded by
Edwin Durning-Lawrence