John Stanhope Arkwright

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Sir John Stanhope Arkwright (10 July 1872 – 19 September 1954) was a British Conservative Party politician.

Born in London, he was the great-great grandson of the cotton-spinning industrialist Sir Richard Arkwright and the son of John Hungerford Arkwright. His uncle, Richard Arkwright, was Member of Parliament (MP) for Leominster. In 1910 he sold his family home, Hampton Court, near Leominster and purchased Kinsham Court

At the 1900 general election he was elected as MP for Hereford, a position he served in until his resignation in 1912.[1] In April 1902 he was appointed private secretary (unpaid) to Gerald Balfour, President of the Board of Trade.[2]

He was the author of the hymn 'O Valiant Hearts' written to honour the war dead of World War I.

In 1934 he was knighted and made an Honorary Freeman of the City of Hereford.



  1. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 121. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 
  2. ^ "Court Circular". The Times (36743). London. 16 April 1902. p. 10. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Wallwyn Radcliffe Cooke
Member of Parliament for Hereford
Succeeded by
William Hewins