David John Morgan

David John Morgan

David John Morgan (25 August 1844 – 28 February 1918) was a British businessman and Conservative Party politician.[1]

Morgan was the son of D T Morgan of Whipps Cross, Walthamstow, Essex, and his wife Mary née Ridge. He was educated at Forest School, Walthamstow and at Vevey in Switzerland.[1][2]

He entered business in the City of London, where he was a Russia merchant and member of the firm of Morgan, Gellibrand and Company. He was also a director of the Surrey Commercial Docks Company and of the Northampton Brewery Company.[1][2] In 1867 he married Emily Bigland of Etloe House, Leyton.[1]

Morgan entered politics when he was elected to the first Essex County Council formed in 1889, being returned as Conservative councillor for Leytonstone in a hard fought contest.[2] He later became councillor for Brentwood, having made his home at Bentley Mill near the town.[1][2]

In 1900 he was selected as the Conservative and Unionist candidate to contest the South Western or Walthamstow Division of Essex.[3] The seat was held by Sam Woods, elected as a Liberal-Labour member of parliament at a by-election in 1897.

The election was held at the height of the Second Boer War, and Morgan benefitted from the fact that he supported the government's policy, while Woods had abstained on a vote in the Commons supporting the war.[4] Morgan won the seat by a large majority, and the gain of the seat was seen as one of the most significant government successes in the "khaki election".[4]

Morgan only served one term in parliament, and did not contest the next general election in 1906 on medical advice.[5][6]


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  1. ^ a b c d e Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench. London: Dean & Son. 1901. p. 107. http://www.archive.org/download/debrettshouseo1901londuoft/debrettshouseo1901londuoft_bw.pdf. Retrieved 12 May 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Biographies of new Members". The Times: p. 13. 16 October 1900. 
  3. ^ "The Nominations". The Times: p. 8. 4 October 1900. 
  4. ^ a b "The General Election". The Times: p. 12. 13 October 1900. 
  5. ^ Roberts, Rechofer (1938). Sir John Simon - Being an Account of the Life and Career of John Allesbrook. London: Read Books. p. 47. ISBN 9781846647826. http://books.google.ie/books?id=gJdbTJ7Zxx0C&lpg=PA47&ots=7wfKhg1oKW&dq=walthamstow%20constituency%20d%20j%20morgan&pg=PA47#v=onepage&q=walthamstow%20constituency%20d%20j%20morgan&f=false. Retrieved 15 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Yesterday's Nominations". The Times: p. 4. 17 January 1906. 

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Preceded by
Sam Woods
Member of Parliament for Walthamstow
Succeeded by
John Allsebrook Simon

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