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Albert Illingworth, 1st Baron Illingworth

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Monarch  George V
Political party  Liberal
Party  Liberal Party
Nationality  British
Died  January 23, 1942

Preceded by  Jack Pease
Role  British Politician
Name  Albert 1st
Succeeded by  Frederick Kellaway
Albert Illingworth, 1st Baron Illingworth
Born  25 May 1865 (1865-05-25)
Spouse  Margaret Wilberforce (m. 1931), Annie Crothers (m. 1895)

Prime Minister  David Lloyd George

Albert Holden Illingworth, 1st Baron Illingworth PC (25 May 1865 – 23 January 1942), was a British businessman and Liberal politician. He served as Postmaster General between 1916 and 1921 in David Lloyd George's coalition government.


Background and education

Illingworth was the second son of Henry Illingworth, of Bradford, the member of an old Yorkshire family, and his wife Mary, daughter of Sir Isaac Holden, 1st Baronet. Percy Illingworth was his younger brother. He was educated at the London International College and became a partner in the family firm of Daniel Illingworth and Sons, spinners, and Chairman of Isaac Holden et Fils.

Political career

In a 1915 by-election Illingworth was returned to Parliament for Heywood, a seat he held until the constituency was abolished in 1918, and then sat for Heywood and Radcliffe until 1921. He served under David Lloyd George as Postmaster General from 1916 to 1921 and was sworn of the Privy Council in 1916. In 1921 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Illingworth, of Denton in the West Riding of the County of York. The territorial designation derived from Denton Hall which he had purchased in 1920. However, the estate was sold already in 1925. Following his elevation to the peerage the Heywood and Radcliffe constituency was won in the subsequent by-election by the Labour candidate Walter Halls, a farm labourer employed by Illingworth.


Lord Illingworth married firstly Annie Elizabeth, daughter of Isaac Holden Crothers, in 1895. They had no children and were divorced in 1926. He married secondly Margaret Mary Clare, daughter of William Basil Wilberforce, in 1931. This marriage was also childless. Illingworth died in January 1942, aged 76, when the barony became extinct. His second wife died in 1986.


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