John Ryder, 5th Earl of Harrowby

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John Herbert Dudley Ryder, 5th Earl of Harrowby (22 August 1864 – 30 March 1956), briefly known as Viscount Sandon from March to December 1900, was a British peer and Conservative Member of Parliament. Harrowby was the son of Henry Dudley Ryder, 4th Earl of Harrowby, and Susan Juliana Maria Hamilton Dent.


He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge.[1] He was elected to the House of Commons for Gravesend in 1898, a seat he held until 1900 when he succeeded his father in the earldom and entered the House of Lords. From 1927-48 he held the honorary post of Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire.[citation needed]


Lord Harrowby married the Hon. Mabel Danvers Smith, daughter of Rt. Hon. William Henry Smith and Emily Danvers, Viscountess Hambleden, in 1887. As a result of her marriage, Mabel Ryder was styled as Countess of Harrowby effective 11 December 1900.

Mabel, Countess of Harrowby, was named Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 1919. She died on 27 March 1956.


He died in March 1956, only three days after his wife, aged 91, and was succeeded in his titles by his sole surviving child, his son, Dudley.



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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Dampier Palmer
Member of Parliament for Gravesend
Succeeded by
Sir Gilbert Parker
Academic offices
Preceded by
New institution
President of the University College of North Staffordshire
Succeeded by
HRH The Princess Margaret
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Dartmouth
Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire
Succeeded by
Harold Wallace-Copeland
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Dudley Ryder
Earl of Harrowby
Succeeded by
Dudley Ryder