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Sir John Leigh, MP

Sir John Leigh, 1st Baronet (3 August 1884 – 28 July 1959)[1] was a British mill-owner, who used his fortune to buy a newspaper and launch his career as a Conservative politician.

Leigh, who descended from a cadet branch of the ancient Leighs (later Trafford) of Oughtrington,[2] was educated at Manchester Grammar School,[3] and made his fortune in the Lancashire cotton industry. In February 1918, he was created a baronet of Altrincham in Cheshire,[1][4] and circa 1921 he purchased the Pall Mall Gazette.[3][5] Sir John was rumoured at the time to be worth fourteen million pounds.[6]

He was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for the Clapham division of Wandsworth at a by-election in May 1922 after the resignation of the Conservative MP Sir Arthur du Cros, and held the seat until retiring at the 1945 general election.[7]

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  1. ^ a b "Baronetcies beginning with "L" (part 2)". Leigh Rayment's Baronetage pages. Retrieved 3 May 2009.
  2. ^ Burke's Peerage & Baronetage
  3. ^ a b "Sir John Leigh, 1st Bt". Retrieved 3 May 2009.
  4. ^ "No. 30544". The London Gazette. 26 February 1918. p. 2484.
  5. ^ "The Beaverbrook Papers". Parliamentary archives. Retrieved 3 May 2009.
  6. ^ "The British Press". Frankfurter Zeitung. 30 July 1922 and August 1922. Retrieved 3 May 2009. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 57. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Arthur du Cros, Bt.
Member of Parliament for Clapham
Succeeded by
John Battley
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New title Baronet
(of Altrincham)
Succeeded by
John Leigh