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Francis Allston Channing

Sir Francis Allston Channing, 1st Baron Channing (21 March 1841 – 20 February 1926) was a British barrister, academic, and Liberal Party politician.

Channing was the youngest child and only son of American parents, Reverend William Henry Channing (1810–1884) and Julia Maria Allen (died 1889); he was naturalized as a British citizen in 1883. He was educated at Exeter College, Oxford and subsequently became a fellow, lecturer and tutor in philosophy at University College, Oxford, and was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn.

He was elected as Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for East Northamptonshire at the 1885 general election, and held the seat until the December 1910 general election. From 1893 to 1896 he was a member of the Royal Commission on Agricultural Depression.

He was made a Baronet on 3 December 1906, of Maiden Newton, Northamptonshire and on 9 July 1912 he was ennobled as Baron Channing of Wellingborough, of Wellingborough. He had married Elizabeth Bryant on 21 July 1869: they had two daughters and one son, but only his eldest daughter survived infancy. His titles therefore became extinct on his death.


  • Memories of Midland Politics, 1885-1910, published 1918.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for East Northamptonshire
1885Dec. 1910
Succeeded by
Sir Leo Chiozza Money
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Maiden Newton)
1906 – 1926
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Channing of Wellingborough
1912 – 1926


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