Sir John Pybus
|Minister of Transport|
3 September 1931 – 22 February 1933
|Prime Minister||Ramsay MacDonald|
|Preceded by||Herbert Morrison|
|Succeeded by||Oliver Stanley|
|Member of Parliament|
30 May 1929 – 23 October 1935
|Preceded by||Sir Frederick Gill Rice|
|Succeeded by||Stanley Holmes|
|Born||25 January 1880|
|Died||23 October 1935(aged 55)|
|Political party||National Liberal|
Having completed an engineering apprenticeship John Pybus joined electrical engineers Phoenix Dynamo Manufacturing Company when aged 26. During World War I he was appointed managing director. Phoenix became a major constituent of the amalgamation of businesses named English Electric in 1918 and Pybus became a joint managing director with two others. He was appointed managing director of English Electric in March 1921 and chairman in April 1926. He was a member of many boards of directors including The Times newspaper and chairman of others including Phoenix Assurance.
In October 1928 he was selected as Liberal candidate for the Harwich Division. He remained a director of English Electric.
In 1931, when Labour Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald split the party and formed a National Government. Pybus was one the Liberal MPs to receive a ministerial post but then left to help form the breakaway Liberal National Party . Re-elected in Harwich at the 1931 general election as a Liberal National, Pybus served as Minister of Transport from 1931 until 1933.
Created a Commander of the British Empire in 1917 he was made a baronet, of Harwich in the County of Essex, in January 1934, and died on 23 October 1935, just weeks before the 1935 general election. His title became extinct on his death.
- City News in Brief, The Times, Friday, Mar 11, 1921; pg. 17; Issue 42666
- English Electric Company. The Times, Thursday, Apr 22, 1926; pg. 21; Issue 44252
- Sir John Pybus, M.P. The Times, Thursday, Oct 24, 1935; pg. 16; Issue 47203
- Ashton By-Election. The Times, Monday, Oct 22, 1928; pg. 9; Issue 45030
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by John Pybus
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Sir Frederick Gill Rice
| Member of Parliament for Harwich
Sir Stanley Holmes
| Minister of Transport
|Baronetage of the United Kingdom|
|New creation|| Baronet
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