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Sir Charles Hilton Seely, 2nd Baronet KGStJ (7 July 1859 – 26 February 1926) was a British industrialist, landowner and Liberal Unionist (later Liberal Party) politician who served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Lincolnmarker from 1895 to 1906 and for Mansfieldmarker from 1916 to 1918.

Early life

He was born in Mansfieldmarker, Nottinghamshiremarker, the eldest son of Sir Charles Seely, 1st Baronet (1833-1915), an industrialist and major land-owner in both Nottinghamshire and the Isle of Wightmarker. He was educated at Harrow Schoolmarker and Trinity College, Cambridgemarker, and inherited the family estates at Sherwood Lodge in Nottinghamshire, and Gatcombe in the Isle of Wight.

Political career

Seely was a Liberal Unionist for the early apart of his political career. He first stood for election to Parliamentmarker at the 1886 general election, when he unsuccessfully contested Mid Derbyshiremarker. He was unsuccessful again in Rushcliffemarker at the 1892 election, but finally won a seat in Lincolnmarker at the 1895 election, which his grandfather Charles Seely had represented until 1885 as a Liberal. This time, though, Seely took the seat from a sitting Liberal, without a Conservative candidate, so presumably he had Conservative support.He was re-elected in 1900, again with Conservative backing, but with a slender majority of only 67 votes. However in February 1904 he lost the backing of the local Conservative and Liberal Unionist Association over his support for free trade. The Conservatives adopted Henry Page Croft as their candidate in place of Seely, who stood in the 1906 general election as a Free Trade candidate. Croft polled poorly, winning less than 12% of the votes, but in a year of Liberal resurgence, Seely lost by a wide margin to the Liberal candidate Charles Henry Roberts.

Despite this setback, he again stood at Lincoln in the General Election of January 1910. He again stood as a Liberal Unionist in support of Free Trade and was again opposed by a Liberal and a Conservative. This time he finished in third place. When a second General Election took place in December, he was not a candidate.

He did not stand for Parliament again for another six years, when he was the successful Liberal Party candidate at a by-election in September 1916 in the Mansfield division of Nottinghamshiremarker. At the the 1918 general election, after boundary changes, he stood in the new Broxtowe division of Nottinghamshiremarker, but the seat was won with a large majority by the Labour Party candidate. Seely did not stand for Parliament again.

Family

Seely married Hilda Lucy (née Grant) in 1891, and they had six children:

He was the elder brother of John Edward Bernard Seely, 1st Baron Mottistone

He died in Basfordmarker aged 66.

He was a Justice of the Peace for Hampshire and Nottinghamshiremarker and the Deputy Lieutenant for Nottinghamshire.

He was also a Knight of Grace of the Order of St John.

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