James Lowther, 1st Viscount Ullswater

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There are three golden rules for Parliamentary speakers: Stand up. Speak up. Shut up.

J. W. Lowther, 1917

Other public appointments

Lowther caricatured by Spy for Vanity Fair, 1906 James Lowther Vanity Fair 24 October 1906.jpg
Lowther caricatured by Spy for Vanity Fair, 1906

Lowther represented Great Britain at the International Conference at Venice in 1892, and at the International Conference on Emigration at Rome in 1924. He was Chairman of the Speakers' Electoral Reform Conference in 1916–1917, of the Buckingham Palace Conference (on the partition of Ulster) in 1914, of the Boundary Commissions (Great Britain and Ireland) in 1917, of the Royal Commission on Proportional Representation in 1918, Devolution Conference in 1919, of the Royal Commission on London Government, 1921–1922; of Review Committee Political Honours, 1923–1924, and Statutory Commission on Cambridge University, 1923; of the Agricultural Wages Board from 1930 to 1940; of the Lords and Commons Committee on Electoral Reform, 1929–1930; and of BBC Enquiry Committee, 1935. He was a Trustee of the British Museum from 1922 to 1931 and a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery from 1925. In 1907 his portrait was painted by Philip de Laszlo.

Honours

He was appointed to the Privy Council in 1898, created 1st Viscount Ullswater, of Campsea Ashe, in the County of Suffolk, on his retirement as Speaker in 1921, [2] and appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB) in July 1921. [3] He also held the degrees of DCL from the University of Oxford, LL.D from the University of Cambridge and DCL from the University of Leeds.

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The Viscount Ullswater
JW Lowther by Laszlo.jpg
Portrait by Philip de László, c. 1905
Speaker of the House of Commons
of the United Kingdom
In office
8 June 1905 28 April 1921
Preceded by John William Mellor
Succeeded by Sir John Lawson
Coat of arms of James Lowther, 1st Viscount Ullswater
Coronet of a British Viscount.svg
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Crest
A dragon passant Argent.
Escutcheon
Or six annulets three two and one and in chief a crescent for difference all Sable.
Supporters
On either side a horse Argent gorged with a wreath of laurel Vert and charged on the shoulder with a portcullis chained Or.
Motto
Magistratum Indicat Virum (The Office Shows The Man) [4]

Family

On 1 March 1886, Lowther married Mary Frances Beresford-Hope (d. 16 May 1944). They had three children:[ citation needed ]

He was succeeded to the viscountcy by his great-grandson.

Footnotes

  1. "Lowther, James William (LWTR874JW)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. "No. 32413". The London Gazette . 5 August 1921. p. 6166.
  3. "No. 32394". The London Gazette . 19 July 1921. p. 5724.
  4. Debrett's Peerage. 2019. p. 4646.
  5. England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837–1915
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Rutland
1883–1885
With: George Finch
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Penrith
1886–1918
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Penrith and Cockermouth
1918–1921
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
1891–1892
Succeeded by
Preceded by Chairman of Ways and Means
1895–1905
Succeeded by
Preceded by Speaker of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom
1905–1921
Succeeded by
Honorary titles
Preceded by Senior Privy Counsellor
1945–1949
Succeeded by
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Viscount Ullswater
1921–1949
Succeeded by

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