Edward Bolton King

Edward Bolton King (15 July 1800 23 March 1878)[1] was a British Whig politician from Umberslade in Warwickshire.[2]

He was the son of Edward King, Vice Chancellor of the County of Lancaster, and nephew of Capt James King (qv) and of Rt. Revd. Walker King, Bishop of Rochester (qv). He was High Sheriff of Warwickshire in 1830,[2] and at the 1831 general election he was elected as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Warwick.[3][4] He was re-elected in 1832 and 1835,[5] but was defeated at the 1837 general election.[3][6]

After his defeat he became prominent in the Warwickshire Association for the Protection of Agriculture and stood (unsuccessfully) against the Peelite candidate at the 1847 General Election. In the 1857 general election, he was returned unopposed as one of the two MPs for South Warwickshire.[7] The nomination process took place at the Shire Hall in Warwick, where King was nominated by Sir Francis Shuckburgh, who described King as "no Radical but a Whig Conservative".[8] In his acceptance speech, King stated that he had pledged himself to be independent of all political parties, but would support Lord Palmerston (the Prime Minister), who he believed deserved credit for the satisfactory conclusion of the Crimean War.[8] He served only two years as MP for South Warwickshire, and did not contest the 1859 general election.[7] He was latterly Chairman of the South Warwickshire Liberal Association.

King died on 23 March 1878, aged 77.[1] His will, dated 24 November 1876, made generous provision for his second wife and his children by her, but left most of the rest of his estate in tail to his only son by his first marriage, Edward Raleigh King[9] His estate was valued at less than £80,000.[9]


  1. 1 2 Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 1)
  2. 1 2 "No. 18652". The London Gazette. 2 February 1830. p. 257.
  3. 1 2 Stooks Smith, Henry. (1973) [1844-1850]. Craig, F. W. S., ed. The Parliaments of England (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 358. ISBN 0-900178-13-2.
  4. "No. 18804". The London Gazette. 17 May 1831. p. 948.
  5. "No. 19232". The London Gazette. 23 January 1835. p. 122.
  6. Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 320. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.
  7. 1 2 Craig, page 476
  8. 1 2 "The Elections: Warwickshire (South)". The Times. London. 2 April 1857. p. 7, col A.
  9. 1 2 "Deaths". The Times. London. 17 May 1878. p. 11, col B.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Charles Greville
John Tomes
Member of Parliament for Warwick
With: John Tomes to 1832
Sir Charles Greville 1832–36
Charles Canning 1836 – March 1837
William Collins from March 1837
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Eurwicke Douglas
William Collins
Preceded by
Lord Guernsey
Evelyn Shirley
Member of Parliament for South Warwickshire
With: Evelyn Shirley
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Mordaunt, Bt
Evelyn Shirley
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