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William Philip Price (1817 – 31 March 1891) was a British merchant, magistrate and politician.

He ran a successful timber company, and was also involved in the Railway industry, being a director of the Midland Railway Company.[1] In 1840 he became a director of the Gloucester Banking Company, and was later made the chairman in 1865.[2]

He was made High Sheriff of Gloucestershire in 1849, and was elected to the House of Commons in July 1852 representing Gloucester. In 1857 he was tried for bribery, and was finally displaced in 1859; it was found that his agents had been bribing voters, although he himself was not aware of it. [3]

He was reelected in the 1865 General Election, but left parliament in May 1873 to become a railway commissioner.[4] Curiously Price is the only Member of Parliament to be made both Steward of the Manor of Northstead and Steward of the Chiltern Hundreds. [5]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Hope
Member of Parliament for Gloucester
1852–1859
Succeeded by
John Joseph Powell
Preceded by
John Joseph Powell
Member of Parliament for Gloucester
1865–1873
Succeeded by
William Killigrew Wait
Honorary titles
Preceded by
William Capel
High Sheriff of Gloucestershire
1849
Succeeded by
Thomas Gambier Parry
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