Montague Chambers

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Montague Chambers QC (November 1799 - 18 September 1885)[1] was an English lawyer and Liberal Party politician who sat in the House of Commons in two periods between 1852 and 1874.

Chambers was the son of George Chambers, son of the architect Sir William Chambers and his wife Jane Rodney, daughter of Admiral the 1st Baron Rodney.[2] He was educated at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and served in the Grenadier Guards. In February 1828, he was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn. He became editor of "The Law Journal" in 1835. He went on the Home circuit and in 1845 was appointed a Queen's Counsel. He was a bencher of his inn and a member of the Royal Institution.[3]

Chambers stood unsuccessfully for parliament at Greenwich at a by-election in February 1852,[4] but was elected as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Greenwich at the general election in July 1852.[4] He was defeated at the 1857 general election.[4] In 1865 he stood unsuccessfully for parliament at Bedford.[3] He was elected an MP for Devonport at a by-election on 22 May 1866,[5] and held the seat until he stood down from the Commons at the 1874 general election.[5][6]

Chambers died in the Fulham district at the age of 85.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David Salomons
Houston Stewart
Member of Parliament for Greenwich
With: Peter Rolt to Feb 1857
Sir William Codrington from Feb 1857
Succeeded by
John Townsend
Sir William Codrington
Preceded by
William Ferrand
John Fleming
Member of Parliament for Devonport
With: Lord Eliot 1866–68
John Delaware Lewis 1868–74
Succeeded by
John Henry Puleston
George Edward Price