Hamar Greenwood

Hamar Greenwood

Hamar Greenwood, born in 1870, was the MP for York from 1906 until he at lost at the 1910 General Election. He had however been promoted to becoming the personal private secretary to Winston Churchill.

Greenwood was a Canadian by birth, and some of his political opponents criticised his stance as a free trade candidate given how the Canadian people heavily supported tariffs to protect their domestic industries.

Unlike the previous election where JG Butcher and GD Faber were elected unopposed, the 1906 General Election was contested, the result being a Liberal gain:

Mr Hamar Greenwood (Liberal) 6,413 [ELECTED]
Mr GD Faber (Conservative) 6,108 [ELECTED]
Mr JG Butcher (Conservative) 6,094
Mr GH Stuart (Labour) 4,573

Greenwood was however to return to the House of Commons at the second election in 1910, when he became the MP for Sunderland from 1910 until 1922 and the MP for Walthamstow East from 1924 until 1929. He also held the post of the Chief Secretary for Ireland from 1920 until 1922, and was the last holder of this post.

Hamar Greenwood was elevated to the Peerage in 1937 as Viscount Greenwood, and he was to die in September 1948.

George Denison Faber

George Denison Faber

George Denison Faber was the Conservative Member of Parliament for York from 1900 to 1910.

Faber was born in December 1852, the second surviving son of Charles Wilson Faber, the nephew of Lord Grimthorpe, and his three sisters were Countess Verulum and the Duchess of Montrose, and the wife of the Earl of Crewe. Faber married Hilda Georgina Graham in 1895. She was the daughter of the late Sir Frederick Alrick Graham of Netherby in Cumberland.

Faber was selected for the constituency of York following the resignation of the seat by Rear-Admiral Lord Charles Beresford as he was made the second in command of the Mediterranean. Faber was selected as he had a relatively local house at Harrogate, and was self-sufficient following a large inheritance from Mr Andrew Montague. At the time of his selection, Faber was aged 48 and was Registrar of the Privy Council from 1887 to 1888.

The result of the 1900 election was as below, a majority of 1,430 votes. In the 1898 by-election, the majority was just 11. Local papers noted that there was great excitement outside the Mansion House in the city when the election result was announced.

George Denison Faber (Conservative) – 6,248 votes

The Hon Alexander Murray (Liberal) – 4,818 votes

Although Faber won again in the 1906 General Election (see result on the Hamar Greenwood page) Faber lost the seat of York in the January 1910 General Election, but was selected for the constituency of Clapham, and won the December 1910 election there. Faber was elevated to the Peerage as Baron Wittenham in June 1918, and died on the 1st February 1931. He was childless, and his title became extinct. Before his death he had lived at Northgate Hall, Regents Park in Middlesex and Howbery Park, Wallingford in Berkshire. He left effects and money of 870,830 pounds in his will.