Edward Charles Grenfell

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Edward Charles Grenfell
Occupation Banker and Politician
Location London

Edward Charles Grenfell was a British banker and politician, born in London May 29, 1870. He died on November 26, 1941[1].

Background

In 1892 Grenfell joined Brown, Shipley & Co; two years later he moved to Smith, Ellison's Bank at Lincoln and eventually became manager of the Grimsby branch.

Walter Hayes Burns, partner in the Anglo-American banking firm of J. S. Morgan & Co. in London, appointed Grenfell manager in 1900. In 1904 he was given a partnership and in 1909 the firm was renamed Morgan, Grenfell & Co.

Grenfell became a director of the Bank of England from 1905 till 1940 and served on the board of the Sun Assurance group. He was also a director of the steamship company White Star Line and was involved in the sale of the company to the International Mercantile Marine Inc.

During WW I, Grenfell and his partners at the Morgan firm in New York organized British and allied purchases of war materials from the United States.

When Grenfell aspired to Parliament in 1922, he was adopted as Conservative candidate and won the May 1922 election. He remained in the House of Commons until 1935, when he was raised to the peerage as Baron St. Just, of St. Just in Penwith, in the county of Cornwall.

Grenfell served as a governor of Harrow School from 1922 until his death. He died at Bacres, Henley-on-Thames, November 26, 1941.

Education

Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge. He won the Greaves essay prize in 1891 and obtained a second class in history in 1892

References

  1. Edward Charles Grenfell MP. (1870 - 1941). Grenfell Family History Site.