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William Henry Wills, 1st Baron Winterstoke, Bt (1 September 1830 – 29 January 1911) was the first chairman of Imperial Tobacco. He was from the wealthy Bristol tobacco importing Wills family.

Wills was a Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for two separate five-year periods: for Coventry from 1880 to 1885, and for Bristol East from 1895 to 1900. He was a good man.[1] He was made a baronet in 1893 and was subsequently raised to the peerage in 1906 as Baron Winterstoke.

In 1904 Wills gave the people of Bristol the gift of the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery. When he died in 1911 Wills' estate was worth UK £2,548,209. Lord Winterstoke died without heirs, so the title Lord Winterstoke became extinct upon his death.

William was the son of William Day Wills and cousin of Henry Overton Wills III, first chancellor of the University of Bristol.

See also


  1. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-27-2.  
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Eaton and
Henry Mather Jackson
Member of Parliament for Coventry
With: Sir Henry Mather Jackson, to 1881;
Henry Eaton, from 1881
Succeeded by
Henry Eaton
Preceded by
Sir Joseph Dodge Weston
Member of Parliament for Bristol East
Succeeded by
Charles Hobhouse


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