Edwin Cornwall

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Sir Edwin Cornwall

Sir Edwin Andrew Cornwall, 1st Baronet, PC, DL (30 June 1863 – 27 February 1953) was an English politician and coal merchant.[1][2][3]

Cornwall was born in Lapford, Devon. At the age of thirteen he became a clerk in a coal merchant's in Hammersmith, London, and by seventeen was manager of the company's depot at Kensington. A few years later he set up his own business. In 1900 he became the first mayor of the new Metropolitan Borough of Fulham, having long served on the predecessor vestry.[1][2] In 1892 he was elected to the London County Council, sitting for the Progressive Party, for which he was for eight years chief whip.[3][4] In 1904 he was elected chairman of the LCC and as chairman of the Parliamentary Committee of the council led efforts to clear the slums between Holborn and the Strand on the site of which were built Aldwych and Kingsway.[2]

Having unsuccessfully contested the Fulham constituency in 1895 and 1900, in 1906 Cornwall was elected to Parliament as a Liberal for Bethnal Green North East.[1][2][3] He was appointed a deputy lieutenant of the County of London at the end of March 1906.[5] From December 1916 to February 1919 he served as Minister of National Health Insurance and Comptroller of the Household and from 1918 to 1922 he was Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons. He was also vice-chairman of the County of London Territorial Force Association from 1908 to 1914 and a member of the Port of London Authority.[1][3]

Cornwall was knighted in 1905,[6] created a baronet in 1918,[7] and appointed to the Privy Council in the 1921 Birthday Honours,[8] entitling him to the style "The Right Honourable".


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Obituary: Sir Edwin Cornwall". The Times. 2 March 1953. p. 10.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Debrett's Illustrated Heraldic and Biographical House of Commons and the Judicial Bench (PDF). London: Dean & Son. 1916. pp. 37–38. Retrieved 12 May 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "The London County Council Election". The Times. 7 March 1892. p. 10.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. The London Gazette: no. 27902. p. 2433. 6 April 1906.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 27855. p. 7706. 17 November 1905.
  7. The London Gazette: no. 30876. p. 10173. 30 August 1918.
  8. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 32346. p. 4529. 4 June 1921.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Mancherjee Bhownagree
Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green North East
Succeeded by
Garnham Edmonds
Political offices
Preceded by
John Williams Benn
Chairman of the London County Council
Succeeded by
Evan Spicer
Preceded by
Charles Henry Roberts
Comptroller of the Household
Succeeded by
George Frederick Stanley
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Holcombe Burnell)
Succeeded by
Reginald Cornwall