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Caricature of Sir Frederick Seager Hunt drawn by Leslie Ward, appearing in Vanity Fair in May 1893.

Sir Frederick Seager Hunt, 1st Baronet (27 April 1838 – 21 January 1904)[1] was a British Conservative Party politician, and a prominent distiller.


Background and educationEdit

Hunt was born in Chippenham, Wiltshire, the second son of James Edward Hunt and Eliza Seager, eldest daughter of the distiller James Lys Seager. He attended school at St Peter's College, Westminster.

Business careerEdit

Seager Evans and Co. was founded by Hunt's Grandfather James Lys Seager and William Evans. In 1864 Hunt became a partner, and in 1872 the prior partnership with Richard and Christopher Wilson was dissolved, leaving just Frederick and James as partners in the business. James Lys Seager died a year later, making Frederick the sole proprietor from then on. During the time Hunt was involved with the company, the distillery was sited at Millbank in London, although it later moved to Deptford, in the 1920s. Their most famous product was Seagers Gin.

Political careerEdit

Hunt was elected at the 1885 general election as Member of Parliament (MP) for Marylebone West.[2] He was re-elected in 1886 and 1892, but at the 1895 general election he stood instead in Maidstone, where he was returned unopposed.[3] He resigned his seat in 1898 by becoming Steward of the Manor of Northstead.[4] He was created a Baronet, of Cromwell Road in the parish of Saint Mary Abbots, Kensington, in the County of London, in 1892.[5]


  1. ^ ‹The template Rayment-hc is being considered for deletion.› Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 1)
  2. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 35. ISBN 0-900178-27-2.
  3. ^ Craig, op. cit., page 147
  4. ^ Department of Information Services (9 June 2009). "Appointments to the Chiltern Hundreds and Manor of Northstead Stewardships since 1850" (PDF). House of Commons Library. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 February 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ "No. 26334". The London Gazette. 14 October 1892. p. 5735.


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