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Sir Theodore Fry, 1st Baronet (1 May 1836 – 5 February 1912) was an English Liberal Party politician.

He was elected at the 1880 general election as Member of Parliament (MP) for Darlington, and held the seat until the 1895 general election.

He was the son of Joseph Fry (1795–1879), of the Bristol Chocolate-making family, and Mary Anne Swaine (1897-1896).

He married Sophia Pease (1837–1897), a philanthropist and political activist and granddaughter of the railway pioneer Edward Pease[1]. After Sophia Fry's death, he married Florence Bates in 1902 [2].

He was made a baronet in 1894, of Woodburn in the County of Durham.

He was mayor of Darlington 1877 - 1878[3].

He died 5 February 1912 at his residence, Beechhanger Court, Caterham in his 77th year[2].


  1. ^ ODNB article by Linda Walker, ‘Fry , Sophia, Lady Fry (1837–1897)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [1], accessed 13 Sept 2007
  2. ^ a b Times Obituary 6 February 1912.
  3. ^ Portrait of Theodore Fry with mayoral chain of office.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Edmund Backhouse
Member of Parliament for Darlington
Succeeded by
Arthur Pease
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
(new creation)
(of Woodburn)
Succeeded by
John Pease Fry


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