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George Woodyatt Hastings (25 September 1825 – 21 October 1917) was an English Liberal politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1880 to 1892.

Hastings was the only son of Sir Charles Hastings, M.D.,D.C.L., of Barnard's Green, Malvern, and his wife Hannah Woodyatt. He was a relation of Warren Hastings (1732-1818) Governor of Bengal from 1772. The family had owned the estate of Daylesford in Gloucestershire from the 12th century. Hastings was educated at Bromsgrove School and at Christ's College, Cambridge.[1] In 1850, he was called to the bar at Middle Temple. He was secretary of the Law Amendment Society and Hon. secretary of National Reformatory Union. From 1857 to 1868, he was General Secretary of National Association for Promotion of Social Science, and was Chairman of Council from 1868 to 1883. He was chairman of Worcester School Board from 1871 to 1883. He was a J.P. and vice-chairman of Quarter Sessions for Worcestershire, and a J.P. and a Deputy Lieutenant for Herefordshire.[2]

Hastings stood for parliament unsuccessfully at Beverley in 1854, and at West Worcestershire in 1874. At the 1880 general election he was elected Member of Parliament for East Worcestershire, and held the seat until 1892.[3] He was expelled from the House of Commons in that year, when he was convicted of fraudulent conversion. As a Trustee for property under the will of John Brown, he had appropriated over £20,000 from the estate, leaving Brown's four children with £7,000.[4]

Hastings married firstly Catherine Anna Mence, daughter of the Rev. Samuel Mence, rector of Ulcombe Kent in 1858. She died in 1871 and he married again in 1877 to Frances Anna Pillans, daughter of the Rev. William Huntingdon Pillans, Rector of Himley.

References

  1. ^ Hastings, George Woodyatt in Venn, J. & J. A., Alumni Cantabrigienses, Cambridge University Press, 10 vols, 1922–1958.
  2. ^ Debretts Guide to the House of Commons 1886
  3. ^ Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by George Hastings
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Allsopp and
Thomas Eades Walker
Member of Parliament for East Worcestershire
2-seat constituency until 1885
(with William Henry Gladstone to 1885)

1880–1892
Succeeded by
Joseph Austen Chamberlain
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