He was born as Herbert James Whiteley, and was the younger son of George Whiteley of Blackburn, Lancashire. His elder brother, George, was a prominent Conservative, later Liberal politician, and was later created Baron Marchamley. Herbert, however, remained a Conservative in politics. He became a member of Blackburn town council, and in 1892 was mayor of the borough.
In 1895 he married Florence Kate Huntington, eldest daughter of William Balle Huntington of Darwen, Lancashire. They had two sons.
In March 1918 Whiteley was granted a royal licence allowing him to add the surname and coat of arms of his late father in law to his own. In the same month he was created a baronet, "of Grimley in the County of Worcester". The Droitwich constituency was abolished by the Representation of the People Act 1918, and Huntington Whiteley retired from parliament.
He died at his Worcestershire home in January 1936, aged 78.
He is the great-great grandfather of model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. His grandson, Herbert Oliver ("Peter") Huntington-Whiteley, was a Captain in Ian Fleming's famed 30 Assault Unit during WWII. The latter's maternal grandfather was Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, whose mother Louisa (née Macdonald) was aunt of the poet Rudyard Kipling and sister-in-law of painters Sir Edward Burne-Jones and Sir Edward Poynter.
- The London Gazette: . 1918-03-01.
- The London Gazette: . 1918-03-05.
- Joseph, Claudia; Trump, Simon. Did Rosie Huntington-Whiteley get her looks from Royalty? No, a bootmaker called Stump, Daily Mail, 16 January 2010. Accessed 26 May 2010.
- Nicholas Rankin (2011) Ian Fleming's Commandos: The Story of 30 Assault Unit in WWII, pp 11-12. After taking part in the D-Day landings, Peter Huntingdon-Whiteley was killed at Le Havre in 1944, aged 24. As noted by Rankin (footnote to p11), he was the great-great uncle of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
- Judith Flanders (2001) A Circle of Sisters
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs [self-published source][better source needed]
- Obituary: Sir H. J. Huntington Whiteley, The Times, 23 January 1936, p. 12
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Sir Herbert Huntington-Whiteley
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
John Edmund Wentworth Addison
|Member of Parliament for Ashton-under-Lyne
1895 – 1906
Alfred Henry Scott
John Cavendish Lyttelton
|Member of Parliament for Droitwich
1916 – 1918
|Baronetage of the United Kingdom|