Charles Bill

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Bill in 1895.

Charles Bill (8 January 1843 – 9 December 1915)[1] was a British Conservative Party politician who served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Leek division of Staffordshire from 1892 to 1906.

Early life and family[edit]

Bill was the only son of John and Sarah Bill of Farley Hall, Staffordshire. He was educated at Eton and at University College, Oxford, where he graduated in law and history. In 1886, he was on the staff of an expedition in Upper Burma.[2]

Political career[edit]

Bill was an alderman on Staffordshire County Council, and at the 1892 general election he was elected as MP for Leek,[3] following the retirement of the Conservative MP Harry Davenport.[4] He was re-elected in 1895 and 1900, and held his seat in the House of Commons until his defeat at the 1906 general election by the Liberal Party candidate Robert Pearce.[4]

Business career[edit]

Bill was involved with multiple railway companies. He was the Chairman of the Leek and Manifold Valley Light Railway[5], a Director of the North Staffordshire Railway[6] and a Director of the Parral (Mexico) Railway and Mining Company.[6]


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 1)
  2. ^ "Charles Bill (Staffordshire, Leek Division)". Debrett's illustrated House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1901. via the Wayback Machine. p. 12. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "No. 26311". The London Gazette. 29 July 1892. p. 4310. 
  4. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 387. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 
  5. ^ Over the Leek and Manifold Light Railway. The Railway News. 16 July 1904. p. 99. 
  6. ^ a b "The Parral (Mexico) Railway and Mining Company". The Mining Journal: 353. 17 March 1906. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Harry Davenport
Member of Parliament for Leek
Succeeded by
Robert Pearce