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Francis Lucas (English politician)

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Name  Francis Lucas
Role  Politician

Died  December 11, 1918

Education  University College London

Colonel Francis Alfred Lucas (7 June 1850 – 11 December 1918) was a British company director and Conservative Party politician who lived in London and in Suffolk. He sat in the House of Commons from 1900 until his defeat in 1906.

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Early life

Lucas was the son of Sampson Lucas, of Gloucester Square, London. He was educated privately and then at University College London, after which he went into business, becoming a partner in Lucas, Nicholls and Company, a merchants firm with operations in London, Stockport and Manchester. He was a director of both Allied Insurance and Allied Marine Insurance.

He was also an actively involved in the Volunteer Force, serving for 35 years as a member of the Artists Rifles, mostly as an officer. He then became Commander of the Harwich Voluntary Infantry Brigade from 1900 to 1906.

He was also a governor of Christ's Hospital and of Guy's Hospital, and a Justice of the Peace for Suffolk, where his country residence Easton Park was located near Wickham Market.

Political career

He unsuccessfully contested the Louth division of Lincolnshire at the 1895 general election, and at the 1900 general election he was elected as MP for Lowestoft, with a majority of over 20% of the votes. However, at the 1906 election, he was defeated by the Liberal candidate Edward Beauchamp, who won the seat with a 14% majority. Noting the scale of Liberal gains in the election, The Times noted the Lowestoft result as evidence that "apparently, no Unionist seat is now secure".

After his defeat in 1906, Lucas did not stand again in Lowestoft. He unsuccessfully contested the Kennington division of Lambeth at both the January 1910 and December 1910 elections, and at the 1918 general election he stood again in Kennington. However he died on 11 December 1918, aged 68, after he had already been formally nominated, which caused the election to be delayed in Kennington until a new candidate could be nominated.

His death, at his London residence in Stornoway House, Cleveland Row, St James's, was due to heart failure brought about by influenza.

Family

In 1887 Lucas married Alice, younger daughter of Viscount David de Stern. Her brother Sydney Stern was the Liberal peer Lord Wandsworth.

References

Francis Lucas (English politician) Wikipedia


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