Hamilton Kerr

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Sir Hamilton William Kerr, 1st Baronet (1 August 1903 – 26 December 1974) was a British Conservative Party politician.

He was educated at Balliol College, Oxford

At the 1931 general election, he was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for the Oldham constituency in Lancashire. He held the seat until losing it in the Labour landslide at the 1945 general election.

At the 1950 general election, he was returned to the House of Commons as MP for Cambridge, holding that seat until his retirement at the 1966 general election.

Kerr was made a Baronet, of Cambridge in the County of Cambridge, in 1957. The title became extinct on his death in 1974.

The Hamilton Kerr Institute was established in 1976 in the riverside property given to Cambridge University for the Fitzwilliam Museum and endowed by Sir Hamilton Kerr.[1] The HKI provides art conservation services and training.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Wilson
Gordon Lang
Member of Parliament for Oldham
With: Anthony Crommelin Crossley, to 1935
John Samuel Dodd, 1935–1945)
Succeeded by
Leslie Hale
Frank Fairhurst
Preceded by
Arthur Symonds
Member of Parliament for Cambridge
Succeeded by
Robert Davies
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet