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Albert Pell (12 March 1820 – 7 April 1907) was an English solicitor and Conservative Party politician.

Early life

Pell was born in 1820, the eldest son of Sir Albert Pell, a judge of the Bancruptcy Courts and Margaret Letitia Matilda St John, daughter of John St John, 12th Baron St John of Bletso. Pell was educated at Rugby Schoolmarker before matriculating to Trinity College, Cambridgemarker in 1839. While at Cambridge, Pell is credited with introducing the game of rugby union, then simply called football, to the University, and describes in his autobography the difficulties of setting up a team.

Pell gained his MA in 1842, and in the same year was admitted to the Inner Templemarker on 1 June.

On 8 September 1946, Pell married Elizabeth Barbara Halford, his cousin, and daughter of Sir Henry Halford. Sir Henry was the 2nd Baronet of Wistow and had been the Member of Parliament for the Southern Division of Leicestershiremarker from 1832-1857.

Political career and later life

Pell was elected as a Member of Parliament for the Southern Division of Leicestershire, like his father-in-law before him, during the general election of 1868, defeating Liberal candidate Thomas Paget. He successfully defended his seat on two occasions, in 1874 and 1880.

Pell was a keen Parliamentarian and sat on various committees and bodies, including the Royal Commission on City Parochial charitiies, City guilds and the aged poor. He also had an interest in British agriculture and was a member of a group of MP's, which included Henry Chaplin, Sir Massey Lopes and Clare Sewell Read, who supported farming interests. He was also a member of the Council of the Royal Agricultural Society of England.


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