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Edward Hermon

Edward Hermon (2 April 1822 – 6 May 1881)[1] was a British cotton magnate[2] and Conservative Party politician.

At the 1868 general election he was elected on his first attempt a Member of Parliament (MP) for the two-seat constituency of Preston in Lancashire. He was re-elected in the 1874 and in 1880 general elections,[3] and held the seat until he died in office in 1881, aged 59.[1] The resulting by-election in Preston was held on 23 May 1881, and won by the Conservative candidate William Ecroyd.[3]

Hermon's last recorded contribution to debates in the House of Commons was eight days before his death, on 28 April 1881, when he asked Prime Minister Gladstone a sceptical question about the proposed commercial treaty with France.[4]

Family

In 1872–78 Hermon had Wyfold Court built at Rotherfield Peppard near Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.[2] It is an elaborate Gothic Revival country house designed by the architect Somers Clarke.[2]

Hermon's only daughter was Frances Caroline Hermon (died 1929), who was married in 1877 to Robert Trotter Hodge (1851–1937), who later became MP for Accrington and other constituencies. After being made a baronet in 1902, Hodge changed his surname to Hermon-Hodge in honour of his wife's family, and was later ennobled as Baron Wyfold.[5]

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  • Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Hon. Frederick Stanley and
Sir Thomas Hesketh
Member of Parliament for Preston
18681881
With: John Holker from 1872
Succeeded by
William Ecroyd
John Holker


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