Christopher Beckett Denison

Christopher Beckett Denison (9 May 1825 – 30 October 1884) was a British colonial administrator and Conservative politician.

He was the second son of Edmund Beckett Denison and his wife Maria née Beverley, of Grimsthorpe, Yorkshire.[1] His father was twice elected as the member of parliament for the West Riding of Yorkshire.

Christopher was educated at Durham School and Uppingham Schools and the East India Company College. In 1845 he entered the Indian Civil Service and was a civil commissioner in the Punjab and Oudh.[1] With the outbreak of the Indian Rebellion of 1857, Denison was attached to the East India Company's military forces. He was awarded a medal and clasp for his actions during the Siege of Lucknow.[1]

By 1865 he had returned to England, where he succeeded his father as a director of the Great Northern Railway.[2] In the same year a general election was called, and Denison was chosen in June as one of two Conservative candidates for the two-member Southern Division of the West Riding of Yorkshire. It was initially thought that there would be an uncontested election, with the two Conservatives returned unopposed.[3] However, the Liberal Party subsequently nominated candidates, and Denison failed to be elected, finishing third in the poll.[2]

At the next general election in 1868, Denison was again chosen to stand for parliament in the Conservative interest. Parliamentary boundaries had been altered by the Reform Act 1867, and he contested the new two-seat Eastern Division of the West Riding of Yorkshire.[4] He and his fellow Conservative Joshua Fielden were elected to serve in the Commons.[5][6] They retained their seats at the ensuing election in 1874. The Liberals took both seats in the constituency at the 1880 general election, Fielden having retired while Denison was beaten into third place.[7]

Denison was unmarried.[1] He died suddenly in Ireland in October 1884, aged 59.[8]


Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs

  1. Mair, Robert Henry (1870). Debrett's Illustrated House of Commons and the Judicial Bench (PDF). London: Dean & Son. p. 79. Retrieved 12 May 2009.
  2. "Yorkshire (South)". The Times. 25 July 1865. p. 6.
  3. "South-West Riding". The Times. 28 June 1865. p. 7.
  4. "Election Intelligence". The Times. 4 August 1868. p. 7.
  5. "Election Intelligence". The Times. 21 December 1868. p. 7.
  6. "Our New Members of Parliament (Concluding Notice)". The Times. 8 December 1868. p. 4.
  7. "The Polls". The Times. 6 April 1880. p. 6.
  8. "Obituaries". The Times. 31 October 1884. p. 10.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for
Eastern Division of the West Riding of Yorkshire

With: Joshua Fielden
Succeeded by
Andrew Fairbairn and
Sir John Ramsden, Bt
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