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John Cunliffe Pickersgill-Cunliffe (1819 – 6 October 1873) was a British banker, who briefly served as Member of Parliament for Bewdley in 1869, representing the Conservative Party.


Early lifeEdit

Born John Cunliffe Pickersgill in 1819 to John Pickersgill, a banker, and Sophia Pickersgill (née Cunliffe), he assumed the name Cunliffe as a second surname in 1867, after inheriting the estate of an aunt of that name. He married Helen Hutton Dale, daughter of the Dean of Rochester Cathedral, in 1849.[1]


In 1869, a by-election was held in the Bewdley constituency, after the victory of Richard Atwood Glass in the 1868 general election was declared void. Pickersgill-Cunliffe was elected in the by-election, only for his victory to also be declared void on petition later that year,[1] in favour of Augustus Anson. Pickersgill-Cunliffe served as an MP for only six weeks, from 11 March until 30 April 1869.[2]


Pickersgill-Cunliffe was struck by a train at Caterham Junction railway station (now known as Purley station) on 22 September 1873, near his home in Coulsdon, Surrey. He died two weeks later, on 6 October 1873, at Guy's Hospital in London. An inquest recorded a verdict of accidental death.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Banking Obituaries". The Bankers' Magazine. 33: 1053–1054. 1873. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  2. ^ Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by John Cunliffe
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Richard Atwood Glass
Member of Parliament for Bewdley
Succeeded by
Augustus Anson