William Johnson Galloway

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William Johnson Galloway

William Johnson Galloway (5 October 1868 – 28 January 1931) was a British businessman and Conservative politician.

Galloway was born on 5 October 1868[1][2] in Sale, Cheshire, and was the only son of John Galloway, JP.[3] He was educated at Wellington College and Trinity Hall, Cambridge.[4][5] He made his home at Old Trafford, near Manchester, and became a partner in W & J Galloway & Sons, engineers and boiler makers, in the city.[3]

He was active in the Conservative Party in Manchester, and at the 1892 general election stood unsuccessfully for the party in the South-Eastern or Rugby Division of Warwickshire.[3][5] In 1895 he was elected as Member of Parliament for Manchester South West. He held the seat until the 1906 general election, when he was defeated by a Labour Party opponent.

Galloway was a lieutenant in the Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry, later becoming honorary colonel of the East Lancashire Royal Engineers, a unit of the Territorial Force.[5] During the First World War he was on the staff of the Quartermaster General and also held positions with the Ministry of Information and the Foreign Office.[5]

In 1903, he was elected a director of the Great Eastern Railway Company, becoming chairman of the Locomotive Committee. When the GER was merged into the London and North Eastern Railway, Galloway became a director and was chairman of the Steamships and Continental Committee, a position he held until his death on 28 January 1931, aged 62.[5]

Aside from his Manchester address, Galloway also maintained houses in London and at Skaife (or Scaife) Hall, Otley, Yorkshire.[1][2] He was also a director of the Blackpool Lane Company and of the Carnforth Hematite Iron Company.[2]

Galloway grave, Weaste cemetery

On his death he was buried in the Galloway family grave at Weaste Cemetery.[6]


Galloway published at least three books:[2]

  • Musical England
  • Operatic Problem
  • Advanced Australia


  1. ^ a b Dod's Parliamentary Companion. 64. London: Whittaker. 1896. pp. 248–249. 
  2. ^ a b c d Lancashire - Biographies - Rolls of Honour. London: Richard J. James. 1917. pp. 153–154. 
  3. ^ a b c "The General Election - Biographies of Candidates", The Times, 1 July 1892, p.5
  4. ^ "Galloway, William Johnson (GLWY888WJ)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Obituary: Colonel W. J. Galloway", The Times, 29 January 1931, p.16
  6. ^ "Biographies of people buried between 1930 & 39". Salford Cemeteries Trust. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Jacob Bright
Member of Parliament for Manchester South West
Succeeded by
George Davy Kelley