Ralph Assheton, 1st Baron Clitheroe

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Lord Clitheroe in 1956

Ralph Assheton, 1st Baron Clitheroe KCVO PC JP DL (24 February 1901 – 1984)[1] was an English aristocrat and politician.

Biography[edit]

Assheton was born on 24 February 1901.[1][2] His father was Sir Ralph Cockayne Assheton, 1st Bt (1860–1955) and his mother, Mildred Estelle Sybella Master (1884–1949).[1]

Assheton was Member of Parliament (MP) for Rushcliffe from 1934 to 1945, for the City of London from 1945 to 1950, and for Blackburn West from 1950 to 1955. In the wartime government under Winston Churchill, he was Minister of Supply in 1942, and Financial Secretary to the Treasury from 1942 to 1944. He was sworn of the Privy Council in the 1944 New Year Honours,[3] and served as Chairman of the Conservative Party from 1944 to 1946.

After retiring from the House of Commons at the 1955 general election, he was raised to the peerage as Baron Clitheroe, of Downham in the County Palatine of Lancaster on 21 June 1955.[4] He succeeded his father as 2nd Baronet on 21 September 1955.[1] He was appointed to be a Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire on 16 November 1955.[5] He later served as Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, from 1971 to 1976. He was appointed to the Royal Victorian Order as a Knight Commander in 1977.[6]

Family[edit]

He married Hon Sylvia Benita Frances Hotham, daughter of Frederick William Hotham, 6th Baron Hotham (1863–1923), on 24 January 1924.[1] They had four children:[7]

Lord Clitheroe died in 1984.[1]

Styles of address[edit]

  • 1901–1934: Mr Ralph Assheton
  • 1934–1944: Mr Ralph Assheton JP MP
  • 1944–1955: The Right Honourable Ralph Assheton JP MP
  • 1955: The Right Honourable Ralph Assheton JP
  • 1955: The Right Honourable The Lord Clitheroe PC JP
  • 1955: The Right Honourable The Lord Clitheroe PC JP[a]
  • 1955–1977: The Right Honourable The Lord Clitheroe PC JP DL
  • 1977–1984: The Right Honourable The Lord Clitheroe KCVO PC JP DL
  1. ^ Although The Lord Clitheroe was a baronet, by custom the post-nominal of "Bt" is omitted, as Peers of the Realm do not list subsidiary hereditary titles.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Henry Bucknall Betterton
Member of Parliament for Rushcliffe
19341945
Succeeded by
Florence Paton
Preceded by
George Thomas Broadbridge
Sir Andrew Rae Duncan
Member of Parliament for City of London
19451950
With: Sir Andrew Rae Duncan
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Blackburn West
19501955
Constituency abolished
Political offices
Preceded by
Harry Crookshank
Financial Secretary to the Treasury
1942–1944
Succeeded by
Osbert Peake
Party political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Dugdale
Chairman of the Conservative Party
1944–1946
Succeeded by
Lord Woolton
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Lord Rhodes of Saddleworth
Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire
1971–1976
Succeeded by
Sir Simon Towneley
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Clitheroe
1955–1984
Succeeded by
Ralph John Assheton, 2nd Baron Clitheroe
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Ralph Cockayne Assheton, 1st Bt
Baronet
(of Downham, Lancashire)
1955–1984
Succeeded by
Ralph John Assheton, 2nd Baron Clitheroe