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Charles Magniac (1827 - 23 November 1891) was a British financier and Liberal politician.

He was the eldest son of Hollingworth Magniac of Colworth, Bedfordshire. Following education at Eton College and the University of Cambridge, he worked in finance in the City of London, becoming a partner in Matheson and Company of Lombard Street.[1] He was appointed a deputy lieutenant for the City, and was the first president of the London Chamber of Commerce.[1]

In 1857 he married Augusta Dawson, daughter of Baron Castletown, and widow of Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Vesey Dawson, who died in action at the Battle of Inkerman in 1854.[1]

Magniac was deeply interested in agriculture, and was a breeder of shorthorn cattle and carthorses.[1]

Politically, Magniac was a committed Liberal, and was elected as a member of parliament for the party on a number of occasions. He was first elected as an MP in 1868, representing St Ives, Cornwall. He held the seat until 1874.[1] He returned to the House of Commons in 1880, as one of two MPs for the Borough of Bedford. In 1885 the constituency's representation was reduced to one member, and Magniac was selected as Liberal candidate for the new Northern or Biggleswade Division of Bedfordshire.[2] He was elected at the 1885 general election, but was defeated in the following election in 1886. He was chosen as Liberal candidate for the next general election, but died before it took place.[1]

Magniac died suddenly at his London residence in November 1891.[1] At the time of his death he was chairman of Bedfordshire County Council, as well as a justice of the peace and deputy lieutenant for the county.[1]


Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Obituary". The Times: p. 6. 24 November 1891.  
  2. ^ "Election Intelligence". The Times: p. 6. 10 January 1885.  
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Paull
Member of Parliament for St Ives
Succeeded by
Edward Gershour Davenport
Preceded by
Frederick Charles Polhill-Turner
and Samuel Whitbread
Member of Parliament for Bedford
With: Samuel Whitbread
Succeeded by
Samuel Whitbread
New constituency Member of Parliament for Bedfordshire Northern
Succeeded by
Viscount Baring


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