Arthur Stanley (politician)

Sir Arthur Stanley GCVO GBE CB (18 November 1869 – 4 November 1947) was a British Conservative politician[1][2][3]

Sir Arthur Stanley


He was born on 18 November 1869 as the third son of Frederick Stanley, Lord Stanley (later 16th Earl of Derby). He travelled to Canada with his father on the latter's appointment as Governor General of Canada in 1888, becoming an ice hockey player and a member of the Rideau Hall Rebels.

The family returned to England in 1893 and Stanley was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Ormskirk in 1898, a position he held until 1918. He was Provincial Grand Master of the Isle of Man Freemasons from 1902 to 1912 and had a Lodge named in his honour, he was also Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club from 1905–1936 and Treasurer of St Thomas' Hospital from 1917–1943. He had been knighted for his services in 1917.

Chairman of the Joint War Committee of the Joint War Organisation, from 1939. He was permanently disabled and though he was frequently in pain, after contracting rheumatic fever in the 1880s, it did not hamper his activities through either of the world wars.[4]

He died, unmarried, on 4 November 1947.


  1. ^ Stanley, Hon. Sir Arthur, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012 ; online edn, Oct 2012 accessed 13 Oct 2013
  2. ^ "Sir Arthur Stanley Work For The Sick (Obituaries)". The Times (50910). 5 November 1947. p. 7. col E
  3. ^ "Sir Arthur Stanley (Obituaries)". The Times (50916). 12 November 1947. p. 2. col E
  4. ^ "Sir Arthur Stanley (1938-46)". Red Cross. Retrieved 9 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Arthur Forwood
Member of Parliament for Ormskirk
Succeeded by
James Bell