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Sir Charles Edward Henry Hobhouse, 4th Baronet, TD, PC, JP (30 June 1862 – 26 June 1941) was a British Liberal politician.[1] He was a member of the Liberal cabinet of H. H. Asquith between 1911 and 1915.

Sir Charles Hobhouse

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Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
In office
23 October 1911 – 11 February 1914
MonarchGeorge V
Prime MinisterH. H. Asquith
Preceded byJack Pease
Succeeded byCharles Masterman
Postmaster General
In office
11 February 1914 – 25 May 1915
MonarchGeorge V
Prime MinisterH. H. Asquith
Preceded byHerbert Samuel
Succeeded byHerbert Samuel
Personal details
Born30 June 1862 (1862-06-30)
Died26 June 1941 (1941-06-27) (aged 78)
Monkton Farleigh
Political partyLiberal
Alma materChrist Church, Oxford


Background and educationEdit

The eldest son of Sir Charles Parry Hobhouse, 3rd Baronet, he was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford, and served as a lieutenant in the 60th Rifles from 1884 to 1890.[citation needed]

Political careerEdit

Hobhouse's first attempt to get elected was at North Buckinghamshire. He was Liberal Member of Parliament for Devizes between 1892 and 1895 and for Bristol East between 1900 and 1918.[2] He was a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Colonial Office from 1892 to 1895 and a Church Estates Commissioner from 1906 to 1907.

He was appointed to his first ministerial post in 1907 when Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman made him Under-Secretary of State for India, and then served under H. H. Asquith as Financial Secretary to the Treasury from 1908 to 1911. He was a member of Asquith's cabinet as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster between 1911 and 1914 and as Postmaster-General between 1914 and 1915. In 1909 he was sworn of the Privy Council.[3] Apart from his career in national politics Hobhouse was a County Alderman for Wiltshire from 1893 to 1924 and an Honorary Colonel of the Royal Tank Regiment. He succeeded his father as fourth Baronet in 1916.

At the Coupon election in 1918 he lost his seat, as did Asquith, McKenna, Runciman, Simon, Samuel and McKinnon Wood. In 1922 Hobhouse chose to stand in North Buckinghamshire but was swept aside by both Conservative and Labour party candidates. As most Liberals found their party and principles were in retreat.

Hobhouse, long associated with Bristol, was appointed President of the Western Counties Liberal Federation from 1924 to 1935 and President of the National Liberal Federation from 1926 to 1930.

Personal lifeEdit

Sir Charles Hobhouse's wife, Lady Nina died in 1927. He married again to Aimee Gladys Brendon. They lived at Monkton Farleigh until he died on 26 June 1941, aged 78.

See alsoEdit



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  2. ^ F. W. S. Craig, British parliamentary election results 1885–1918
  3. ^ "No. 28265". The London Gazette. 29 June 1909. p. 4953.
Primary Sources
  • David, Edward, ed. (1977). Inside Asquith's Cabinet: from the Diaries of Charles Hobhouse. London.
Secondary Sources

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Walter Long
Member of Parliament for Devizes
Succeeded by
Edward Goulding
Preceded by
Sir William Wills, Bt
Member of Parliament for Bristol East
Succeeded by
George Bryant Britton
Political offices
Preceded by
John Ellis
Under-Secretary of State for India
Succeeded by
Thomas Buchanan
Preceded by
Walter Runciman
Financial Secretary to the Treasury
Succeeded by
Thomas McKinnon Wood
Preceded by
Jack Pease
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Succeeded by
Charles Masterman
Preceded by
Herbert Samuel
Succeeded by
Herbert Samuel
Party political offices
Preceded by
John Alfred Spender
President of the National Liberal Federation
Succeeded by
Arthur Brampton
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Hobhouse
(of Westbury)
Succeeded by
Reginald Hobhouse