Sir William Rutherford, 1st Baronet

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Sir William Watson Rutherford, 1st Baronet (1853 – 3 December 1927) was a Conservative party politician in the United Kingdom.

Rutherford was an unsuccessful candidate in the 1900 general election for the Liverpool Scotland constituency. He served as mayor of Liverpool between 1902 and 10 January 1903 when he resigned, and was re-elected on 4 February 1903 for a second term.[1] He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Liverpool West Derby from 1903 to 1918, and for Liverpool Edge Hill from 1918 to 1923.

He was made a baronet on 24 July 1923. He developed the Rutherford Code for transmitting chess moves over a telegraph.

He was a key member of Liverpool Chess Club


  1. ^ "Former Mayors and Lord Mayors of the City of Liverpool". Liverpool City Council. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Samuel Wasse Higginbottom
Member of Parliament for Liverpool West Derby
Succeeded by
Sir F. E. Smith
New constituency Member of Parliament for Liverpool Edge Hill
Succeeded by
John Henry Hayes
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
Succeeded by
(John) Hugo Rutherford