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Sir Francis Sharp Powell, 1st Baronet (29 June 1827 – 24 December 1911) was an English Conservative politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1863 and 1910.

Powell was the son of the Rev. Benjamin Powell of Wigan and his wife Anne Wade, daughter of the Rev. T. Wade. He was educated at Uppingham School, Sedbergh School and St John's College, Cambridge[1] He was called to the bar at Inner Temple in 1853, and practised on the Northern Circuit. He was a J.P. for Lancashire and the West Riding of Yorkshire.[2]

In 1863 Powell was elected Member of Parliament for Cambridge but lost the seat in the 1868 general election. He was next elected MP for Northern Division of West Riding, Yorkshire in 1872 but lost the seat in the 1874 general election. He was elected MP for Wigan in 1881, but was unseated on account of corrupt practices at the election. He stood again for Wigan in the 1885 general election and was elected. He held the seat until the 1910 general election.[3] He was a member of the Royal Commission on Sanitation and was created a baronet of Horton Old Hall in 1892.[4] Powell was a benefactor to Wigan and Sedbergh Schools and was chairman of the governors of Sedbergh for over 35 years.

Powell died at Horton Old Hall, Yorkshire at the age of 84 and a statue of him stands in Mesnes Park in the centre of the town of Wigan.

Powell married Anne Gregson of Toxteth Park, Liverpool in 1858. He had no heir to inherit the baronetcy which became extinct on his death.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Andrew Steuart
Kenneth Macaulay
Member of Parliament for Cambridge
1863 – 1868
With: Kenneth Macaulay to 1865
William Forsyth 1865–1866
John Eldon Gorst from 1866
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Torrens
William Fowler
Preceded by
Lord Frederick Cavendish
Sir Francis Crossley, Bt.
Member of Parliament for Northern Division of West Riding, Yorkshire
1872 – 1874
With: Lord Frederick Cavendish
Succeeded by
Lord Frederick Cavendish
Sir Mathew Wilson, Bt
Preceded by
Nathaniel Eckersley
Algernon Fulke Egerton
Member of Parliament for Wigan
18851910
Succeeded by
Henry Twist
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