Henry Grenfell

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Henry Riversdale Grenfell (5 April 1824 – 11 September 1902)[1] was a British banker and Liberal Party politician.


His Cornish grandfather Pascoe Grenfell was a tin and copper manager and Member of Parliament (MP), while his father, Charles Pascoe Grenfell, was a director of the Bank of England from 1830 to 1864. His maternal grandfather was William Philip Molyneux, 2nd Earl of Sefton.

Grenfell was elected as a Liberal Member of Parliament for Stoke-upon-Trent at a by-election in September 1862, and was re-elected at the general election in 1865. At the general election three years later, in 1868, he stood in the Liberal interest for South West Lancashire, but was defeated. He came forward again at the general election of 1880, standing for Barnstaple, but was again defeated.[2]

He was a leading member of the Bimetallic League,[2] and Governor of the Bank of England between 1881 and 1883[3] following a period as its Deputy Governor.[4] He was also a member of the Council of the Corporation of Foreign Bondholders and was on the boards of several insurance companies.

Grenfell died of pneumonia at Bacres, Henley-on-Thames, on 11 September 1902.[2]

His son, Edward Grenfell also became a Member of Parliament and Bank of England director, and was the partner of Junius Spencer Morgan in the firm of Morgan, Grenfell & Company.


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 5)
  2. ^ a b c "Obituaries - Mr. Henry Riversdale Grenfell". The Times (36871). London. 12 September 1902. p. 7.
  3. ^ "Governors of the Bank of England" (PDF). Bank of England. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 February 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Deputy Governors of the Bank of England" (PDF). Bank of England. Retrieved 3 January 2014.[permanent dead link]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Ricardo
William Taylor Copeland
Member of Parliament for Stoke-upon-Trent
1862 – 1868
With: William Taylor Copeland to 1865
Alexander Beresford Hope 1865 – Feb 1868
George Melly from Feb 1868
Succeeded by
William Sargeant Roden
George Melly
Government offices
Preceded by
John William Birch
Governor of the Bank of England
Succeeded by
John Saunders Gilliat