Denison Faber, 1st Baron Wittenham

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The Right Honourable
Denison Faber
George Denison Faber, Vanity Fair, 1900-02-08.jpg
"ex opera". Caricature by Henry Charles Seppings-Wright published in Vanity Fair in 1900.
Member of Parliament
for York
In office
24 October 1900 – 10 January 1910
Serving with John Butcher (1900-1906)
Hamar Greenwood (1906-1910)
Preceded by John Butcher
Charles Beresford
Succeeded by Arnold Stephenson Rowntree
John Butcher
Member of Parliament
for Clapham
In office
10 January 1910 – 21 June 1918
Preceded by Percy Thornton
Succeeded by Harry Greer
Personal details
Born (1852-12-14)14 December 1852
Died 1 February 1931(1931-02-01) (aged 78)
Political party Conservative
The Faber grave, Brompton Cemetery

George Denison Faber, 1st Baron Wittenham, CB, DL (14 December 1852 – 1 February 1931), known as Denison Faber, was a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom.

Background and early life

Faber was the second surviving son of Charles Wilson Faber (1813-1878) a director of the Great Northern Railway[1] and the nephew of Lord Grimthorpe.[2] He was the brother of Edmund Faber, 1st Baron Faber, and of Mrs Edward Kennard (1850–1936), a novelist.

He was educated at the University of Oxford, where he graduated BA, and in 1879 was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn. From 1887 to 1896 he acted as Registrar of the Privy Council.[3]

Political career

"Self-confessed Vacuity" (1913). Caricature of Denison Faber from Punch.

Faber was elected a Member of Parliament (MP) for York in a by-election on 6 February 1900,[3][4] following the resignation of Lord Charles Beresford. He served until January 1910,[5] when he lost his seat,[2] and was again elected for Clapham from 1910 to 1918.[6]

He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 1905.[7]

On 29 June 1918, he was elevated to the peerage as Baron Wittenham, of Wallingford in the County of Berkshire.[8]

Personal life

Faber married, in 1895, Hilda Georgina Graham, youngest daughter of Sir Frederick Graham, 3rd Baronet, of Netherby in Cumberland, and granddaughter of the 12th Duke of Somerset. The marriage was childless. He purchased Howbery Park, a mid-19th century house near Wallingford.

He died on 1 February 1931, aged 78, when the barony became extinct.[2] He is buried with his brother Edmund in Brompton Cemetery in London. The monument is currently (2014) concealed behind shrubbery on the east side of the main entrance path from the north but has had a low tunnel created through which it may be viewed.


  1. ^ Charles Wilson Faber
  2. ^ a b c York History George Denison Faber
  3. ^ a b "Election intelligence". The Times (36059). London. 7 February 1900. p. 11. 
  4. ^ "No. 27163". The London Gazette (Supplement). 9 February 1900. p. 908. 
  5. ^ House of Commons: Yardley to Youghal
  6. ^ House of Commons: Chichester to Clitheroe
  7. ^ "No. 27852". The London Gazette. 7 November 1905. p. 7495. 
  8. ^ "No. 30793". The London Gazette. 12 July 1918. p. 8199. 

External links

  • Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by George Faber
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Butcher
Lord Charles Beresford
Member of Parliament for York
Feb. 1900Jan. 1910
With: John Butcher 1892–1906;
Hamar Greenwood 1906–1910
Succeeded by
Arnold Stephenson Rowntree
John Butcher
Preceded by
Percy Melville Thornton
Member of Parliament for Clapham
Jan. 19101918
Succeeded by
Harry Greer
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New title Baron Wittenham
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