|Member of the New Zealand Parliament |
|Preceded by||George Warren Russell|
|Succeeded by||Bert Kyle|
|Died||21 November 1941 (aged 85)|
George Witty (1856 –21 November 1941) was a New Zealand Member of Parliament for Riccarton,in the South Island.
He was born in North Ferriby,in the East Riding of Yorkshire,England and came to New Zealand in 1875 with two shillings in his pocket.He was a farmer and a director of the local saleyards company in Christchurch.
|1922 –1925||21st||Riccarton||Independent Liberal|
George Witty represented the Riccarton electorate in the New Zealand House of Representatives for twenty three years from 1902 to 1925 .Witty was a Liberal but at the 1922 election he stood as an Independent and was successful.
Witty was a member of the Legislative Council from 1925 to 28 October 1932. Witty and Leonard Isitt were both appointed to the Legislative Council by Gordon Coates on 28 October 1925;shortly before the 1925 election on 4 November. Both were Liberals but their retirement removed "a source of some bitterness from the Party’s ranks (Coates rewarded them with seats in the Legislative Council the day after the election)". Gordon Coates was Reform,and both of their former seats went to Reform candidates.
After Witty,Bert Kyle of the Reform Party represented the Riccarton electorate.
In 1935,Witty was awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal.He received the King George VI Coronation Medal in 1937,and served as chairman of the Paparua County Council.
Witty died in Christchurch on 21 November 1941,aged 85 years.
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