Joseph Compton-Rickett

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The Right Honourable
Sir Joseph Compton-Rickett
Joseph Compton-Rickett.jpg
Joseph Rickett in 1895
HM Paymaster General
In office
1916–1919
Prime Minister David Lloyd George
Preceded by Arthur Henderson
Succeeded by Tudor Walters
Member of Parliament
for Scarborough
In office
7 August 1895 – 8 February 1906
Preceded by Sir George Sitwell, Bt
Succeeded by Walter Rea
Member of Parliament
for Osgoldcross
In office
8 February 1906 – 25 November 1918
Preceded by Sir John Austin, Bt
Succeeded by John Stephenson Rowntree
Member of Parliament
for Pontefract
In office
14 December 1918 – 30 July 1919
Preceded by Frederick Handel Booth
Succeeded by Walter Forrest
Personal details
Born Joseph Rickett
13 February 1847
London, England, UK
Died 30 July 1919 (aged 72)
UK
Political party Liberal Party

Sir Joseph Compton-Rickett, Esq., DL PC (13 February 1847 – 30 July 1919), was a British Liberal Party politician. He was also an industrialist (until 1902), lay preacher, and writer. He wrote poetry and fiction, as well as on such topics as popular philosophy. He sometimes wrote under the pseudonym Maurice Baxter.[1]

Background[edit]

He was born in London as Joseph Rickett, the eldest son of Joseph Rickett, of East Hoathly. He was educated at King Edward VI School, Bath. In 1868 he married Catharine Sarah Gamble. They had four sons and four daughters. He was knighted on 24 December 1907.[2] He assumed by Royal licence the additional surname of Compton in 1908.

In 1911 he was appointed to the Privy Council.[3]

Professional career[edit]

He was in business and interested in various commercial undertakings. In 1902 he retired from the chairmanship of several coal trade companies to devote himself to his political career.[3]

Political career[edit]

Sir Joseph Compton-Rickett in 1919

He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Scarborough from 18951906. He had gained the seat from the Conservatives in 1895 and held it in 1900. He was then Member of Parliament for Osgoldcross from 19061918. In 1906 he re-gained the seat that had been Independent Liberal since 1899. He held office in the Coalition Government of David Lloyd George as Paymaster-General from 1916-19. In 1917 he served as a Charity Commissioner.[3]

He was Member of Parliament for the Pontefract constituency that largely absorbed Osgoldcross from 1918 until his death aged 72 the following year.[citation needed]

Electoral record[edit]

General Election 1906: Osgoldcross[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Joseph Rickett 8,482 66.1
Conservative Granville Wheler 4,358 33.9 n/a
Majority 4,124 32.1
Turnout 12,840
Liberal gain from Independent Liberal Swing
General Election January 1910: Osgoldcross [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Sir Joseph Compton-Rickett 9,517 66.3
Conservative Gerald de la Pryme Hargreaves 4,840 33.7
Majority 4,677 32.6
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
General Election December 1910: Osgoldcross[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Sir Joseph Compton-Rickett 8,518 66.2 -0.1
Conservative Malcolm Campbell-Johnston 4,347 33.8 +0.1
Majority 4,171 32.4 -0.2
Turnout 70.4
Liberal hold Swing -0.1
Pontefract General Election, 1918[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Rt Hon. Sir Joseph Compton-Rickett 8,561 62.9
Labour Isaac Burns 5,047 37.1
Majority 3514 25.8
Turnout 45.6
Liberal hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sutherland, John (13 October 2014). "The Longman Companion to Victorian Fiction". Routledge. Retrieved 6 May 2017 – via Google Books. 
  2. ^ "The London Gazette". Thegazette.co.uk. 24 December 1907. p. 8979. Retrieved 2017-05-06. Issue:28092 
  3. ^ a b c 'COMPTON-RICKETT, Rt Hon. Sir Joseph', Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2015; online edn, Oxford University Press (April 2014)]; accessed 5 May 2017.
  4. ^ a b c British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  5. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow, 1949 p520

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir George Sitwell, Bt
Member of Parliament for Scarborough
18951906
Succeeded by
Walter Rea
Preceded by
Sir John Austin, Bt
Member of Parliament for Osgoldcross
19061918
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Frederick Handel Booth
Member of Parliament for Pontefract
1918 – 1919
Succeeded by
Walter Forrest
Political offices
Preceded by
Arthur Henderson
Paymaster-General
1916–1919
Succeeded by
Sir Tudor Walters