List of presidents of the Oxford Union

Past elected Presidents of the Oxford Union at the University of Oxford are listed below, with their college and the year/term in which they served. Iterum indicates that a person was serving a second term as President (which is not possible under the current Union rules).

Key

Presidents of the United Debating Society

These are the Presidents as listed[1]

Presidents of the Oxford Union Society

1826–1831

These are the Presidents as listed[1][4][5]

1831–1850

Year Michaelmas Hilary Trinity
1831–32 Earl of Lincoln George Rickards Roundell Palmer[7][5]
1832–33 William Ward Edward Cardwell Archibald Tait
1833–34 Edward Massie Robert Lowe
Charles Marriott
William Sinclair[lower-alpha 1]
1834–35 J. Adams William Ward (iterum) J. M. Capes
1835–36 Edward Cardwell (iterum) T. Brancker John Cornish[8][5]
1836–37 W. N. Tilson-Marsh Henry Cripps[9][5] G. R. Moncrieff
1837–38 James Hessey William Ridley W. C. Lake[10][5]
1838–39 Henry Highton G. R. Moncrieff (iterum) H. W. Sullivan
1839–40 William Buckley J. B. Blackett George Rawlinson[11][5]
1840–41 C. T. Arnold R. C. Powles[12][5] J. T. B. Landon
1841–42 Richard Congreve[13][5] Melville Portal Drummond Chase
1842–43 Edward Plumptre George Bowen[14][5] W. H. Scott
1843–44 John Coleridge[15][5] H. M. White
John Mackarness[16][5]
1844–45 George Bowen[14][5](iterum) Alfred Pott[17][5] John G. Cazenove
1846–47 Francis Sandford John Conington[16] R. J. Simpson
1848–49 S. J. Hulme C. H. Stanton Earl of Dufferin[n 1]
W. B. Marriott
1847–48 George Hunt Walter Congreve Montagu Blackett[16]
1848–49 G. R. Portal F. Meyrick George Boyle
1849–50 William Milman[18][19] J. R. K. Ralph Edward Knatchbull-Hugessen

1850–1875

Year Michaelmas Hilary Trinity
1850–51 E. B. Lomer Alexander Mitchell Henry Smith
1851–52 Frederick Lygon Walter Shirley Henry Oxenham
1852–53 C. H. Pearson[20][5] J. Fitzgerald Benjamin Rogers[21][5]
1853–54 George Goschen[22][5] Arthur Butler[23][5] Godfrey Lushington[24][5]
1854–55 George C. Brodrick[25][5] Robert Bartlett J. H. Bridges[26][5]
1855–56 D. C. Lathbury Charles Turner[27][5] W. F. Wilberforce
1856–57 John Oakley Philip Eliot John Mitchinson[28][5]
1857–58 T. R. Halcombe Thomas Fowle Charles Bowen[29][5]
1858–59 E. K. Bennet A. V. Dicey[30][5] A. O. Rutson
1859–60 Peter Fogg Edward Moore[31][5] H. L. Harrison
1860–61 Francis Beaumont[32][5] Kenelm Digby[33][5] Thomas Green
1861–62 J. R. Magrath[34][5] Auberon Herbert[n 1][35][5]
A. H. Beesly
James Bryce[23][5]
1862–63 O. W. Tancock Reginald Smith[36][5]
Reginald Abbot[37][5]
1863–64 Alfred Robinson[38][5] William Fearon[39][5]
Francis Jeune[40][5]
1864–65 A. A. Clive Alfred Robinson[38][5]
(iterum)
R. Robinson
1865–66 Courtenay Ilbert[41][5] Edward Talbot[42][5] George Simcox[43][5]
1866–67 William Awdry[44][5] William Sanday[45][5] Lord Francis Hervey[46]
1867–68 James Strachan-Davidson[47][5] Reginald Copleston[48][5] Edward Talbot[42][5] (iterum)
1868–69 Mandell Creighton[49][5] C. T. Redington Reginald Copleston[48][5] (iterum)
1869–70 Charles Fyffe William Duggan[50][5] A. H. Turner
1870–71 John Doyle[51][5] Thomas Grose[52][5] Herbert James[48][5]
1871–72 Walter Lock[53][5] John Bryce Henry Pope
1872–73 Charles Cruttwell[54][5] William M. Sinclair Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett
1873–74 Robert Mowbray[51][5] M. H. Gould H. H. Asquith[41][5]
1874–75 H. A. Venables Thomas Raleigh[55][5] Arthur Sloman[1]

1875–1900

Year Michaelmas Hilary Trinity
1875–76 Herbert Paul George Savery Alfred Milner[38][5]
1876–77 Robert Haddon Dunbar Barton Viscount Lymington[n 1][56][5]
Arthur Baumann[56][5]
1877–78 Robert Horton[57][5] William St John Brodrick Robert Germaine
1878–79 Nathaniel Micklem Edward Poulton[58] F. R. Burrows
1879–80 Edward Cook Richard Dawson B. R. Wise
1880–81 George Curzon John Sargeaunt Charles White
1881–82 Edward Horsburgh John Hamilton[59] A. N. Cumming[56]
1882–83 Michael Sadler W. H. Shaw[47] Halford Mackinder[60]
1883–84 John Pemberton[61] A. Dyson Williams William Worsley
1884–85 Cosmo Lang[62] George Vidal[63] George Bellewes
1885–86 Robert Cecil Anthony Hawkins C. Emmott
1886–87 / Walter Phillips Charles Green C. J. Blacker
1887–88 H. M. Godfray A. J. McGregor A. J. Carlyle[64]
1888–89 Arthur Griffith-Boscawen Spurrier Parmiter Herbert Snowden
1889–90 George Mortimer George Peel Frank Coller
1890–91 Carl Knaus William Cozens-Hardy Lord Ampthill
1891–92 A. E. Ripley John Magee James Galbraith
1892–93 Robert Charles Phillimore C. H. Eliot William Lygon
1893–94 H. W. Liversidge Lord Balcarres F. E. Smith
1894–95 Herbert Morrah Hilaire Belloc P. J. Macdonell
1895–96 R. C. Phillimore (iterum) John Simon Archibald Boyd-Carpenter
1896–97 Francis Hirst Robert Johnson James Cleland
1897–98 F. Lenwood Edmund Bentley Cyril Garbett
1898–99 L. R. F. Oldershaw John Buchan Arthur Steel
1899–1900 G. M. Gathorne-Hardy Robert Ensor[60] Raymond Asquith[n 2][60]

1900–1925

Year Michaelmas Hilary Trinity
1900–01 Harold Baker[60] Algernon Cecil[60] T. Cuthbertson[60]
1901–02 George Tomlinson[60] Sandie Lindsay[60] Eric Macfadyen[60]
1902–03 Herbert du Parcq[60] Herbert Asquith[60] F. W. Curran[60]
1903–04 John Brooke[60] William Temple[60] W. A. Moore[60]
1904–05 E. S. Jose[60] John Heath[60] Alexander Shaw[60]
1905–06 M. H. Woods[60] H. M. Paul[60] Henry Lygon[60]
1906–07 Gervais Rentoul[60] Neville Talbot[60] Will Gladstone[n 2][60]
1907–08 W. S. Armour[60] Charles Le Quesne[60] Hugh Hallett[60]
1908–09 M. H. Richmond[60] Ronald Knox[60] Edgar Swain[60]
1909–10 Robert Laffan[60] Robert S. A. Palmer[n 2][60] Leonard Stein[60]
1910–11 A. W. Cockburn[60] Nathaniel Micklem[60] Raymond Bevir[n 2][60]
1911–12 Philip Guedalla[60] Frank Griffith[60] Robert Barrington-Ward[60]
1912–13 G. S. Woodhouse[n 2][60] Walter Monckton[60] W. J. Bland[n 2][60]
1913–14 Godfrey Talbot[n 2][60] Ernest Roberts[60] Alexander Wedderburn[60]
1914–15 Arthur Wiggin[60]
N/A
N/A
1915–16
N/A
N/A
N/A
1916–17
N/A
N/A
N/A
1917–18
N/A
N/A
N/A
1918–19
N/A
N/A
Leslie Hore-Belisha[60]
1919–20 Thomas Earp[60] Constantine Gallop[60] John Russell[60]
1920–21 Beverley Nichols[60] Alec Beechman[60] Cecil Ramage[60]
1921–22 Kenneth Lindsay[60] John Evans[60] Ralph Carson[60]
1922–23 Edward Marjoribanks[60] J. Douglas Woodruff[60] Gordon Bagnall[60]
1923–24 Christopher Hollis[60] Christopher Scaife[60] Gerald Gardiner[60]
1924–25 Henry Scrymgeour-Wedderburn[60] Robert Bernays[60] Vincent Lloyd-Jones[60]

1925–1950

Year Michaelmas Hilary Trinity
1925–26 Hugh Molson[60] Gyles Isham[60] Lindley Fraser[60]
1926–27 Alan Lennox-Boyd[60] Roger Fulford[60] John Playfair Price[60]
1927–28 Malcolm Brereton[n 3][60] Dingle Foot[60] Aubrey Herbert[60]
1928–29 Somerset Stopford Brooke[60] Roger Wilson[60] Quintin Hogg[60]
1929–30 Michael Stewart[60] Edgar Lustgarten[60] Joseph Mallalieu[60]
1930–31 John Boyd-Carpenter[60] John Foot[60] Geoffrey Wilson[60]
1931–32 Toby O'Brien[60] Arthur Irvine[60] Brian Davidson[60]
1932–33 Christopher Smuts[60] Frank Hardie[60] Tony Greenwood[60]
1933–34 Michael Foot[60] Dosoo Karaka[60] Keith Steel-Maitland[60]
1934–35 W. G. Murray[60] David Lewis[60] James Hickerton[60]
1935–36 Brian Farrell[60] Ian Harvey[60] Bill Shebbeare[n 3][60]
1936–37 James Brown[60] Christopher Mayhew[60] Patrick Anderson[60]
1937–38 Alan Fyfe[n 3][60] Raymond Walton[60] Philip Toynbee[60]
1938–39 Alan Wood[60] Edward Heath[60] Hugh Fraser[60]
1939–40 A. F. Giles[n 4][60]
Nicholas Henderson[60]
Madron Seligman[60] Robin Edmonds[60]
1940–41 James Comyn[60] Indar Bahadoorsingh[60] Kenneth Riddle[60]
1941–42 Michael Kinchin-Smith[60] Gershon Hirsch[60] F. P. R. Hinchliffe[60]
1942–43 Cameron Tudor[60] Herbert Clarke[60] Courtney Blackmore[60]
1943–44 Godfrey le Quesne[60] Kenneth Lamb[60] Fernando Henriques[60]
1944–45 Tony Pickford[60] Alan Gibson[n 4][60]
Rudi Weisweiller[60]
Anthony Walton[60]
1946–47 John Long[60] Basil Wigoder[60] Anthony Crosland[60]
1948–49 Ronald Brown[60] Roger Gray[60]
Anthony Wedgwood Benn[60]
1947–48 Peter Kroyer[60] Clive Wigram[60] Edward Boyle[60]
1948–49 Seymour Hills[60] Peter Kirk[60] Rodney Donald[60]
1949–50 Dick Faber[60] Uwe Kitzinger[60] Robin Day[60]

1950–1975

Year Michaelmas Hilary Trinity
1950–51 Godfrey Smith[60] Jeremy Thorpe[60] William Rees-Mogg[60]
1951–52 Ivan Yates[60] Peter Blaker[60] Howard Shuman[60]
1952–53 Patrick Mayhew[60] Bryan Magee[60] John Peters[60]
1953–54 Andrew Cuninghame[60] Tyrell Burgess[60] Raghavan Iyer[60]
1954–55 Michael Heseltine[60] Jeremy Isaacs[60] Anthony Howard[60]
1955–56 Desmond Watkins[60] Alec Grant[60] Roy Dixon[60]
1956–57 Edmund Ions[60] Jeremy Lever[60] Peter Brooke[60]
1957–58 Brian Walden[60] Lalith Athulathmudali[60] Stuart Griffiths[60]
1958–59 Ron Owen Lakshman Kadirgamar[60] Anthony Newton[60]
1959–60 Joe Trattner[60] Ian Lyon[60] Peter Jay[60]
1960–61 Robert Rowland[60] Phillip Whitehead[60] Paul Foot[60]
1961–62 Howard Preece[60] Hugh Stephenson[60] John McDonnell[60]
1962–63 Michael Beloff[60] Girish Karnad[60] Jeffrey Jowell[60]
1963–64 Anthony Hart[60] Garth Pratt[60] Lord James Douglas-Hamilton[60]
1964–65 Eric Abrahams[60] Neil MacCormick[60] Tariq Ali[60]
1965–66 Douglas Hogg[60] Joshua Bamfield[60] Jeremy Beloff[60]
1966–67 Montek Singh Ahluwalia[60] Ronald Cohen[60] Stephen Marks[60]
1967–68 Robert Jackson[60] Geraldine Jones[60] William Waldegrave[60]
1968–69 Ian Glick[60] David Walter[60] Colin Youlden[60]
1969–70 Gyles Brandreth[60] Guy Harkin[60] Stephen Milligan[60]
1970–71 Eric Parsloe[60] Michael House[60] Susan Richards[60]
1971–72 Christopher Tookey[60] Julian Priestley[n 1][60]
Pradeep Mitra[60]
Patric Dickinson[60]
1972–73 Philip McDonagh[60] Michael Austerberry[65] Colin Maltby[60]
1973–74 David Warren[60] Simon Walker[60] Michael Soole[60]
1974–75 Robert McDonagh[60] Robert Scoble[60] Victor van Amerongen[60]

1975–2000

Year Michaelmas Hilary Trinity
1975–76 David Soskin[60] Andrew Bell[60] Colin Moynihan[60]
1976–77 Richard Norton[60] Benazir Bhutto[60] Victoria Schofield[60]
1977–78 Damian Green[60] Nicholas O'Shaughnessy[60] John Harrison[60]
1978–79 Daniel Moylan[60] Alan Duncan[60] Philip May[60]
1979–80 Michael Crick[60] Warwick Lightfoot[60] Nicholas Prettejohn[60]
1980–81 Rupert Soames[60] Andrew Sutcliffe[60] Alexandra Jones[60]
1981–82 William Hague Kevin Brennan[60] Paul Thompson[60]
1982–83 Christopher Wortley[60] Hilali Noordeen[60] Andrew Sullivan[60]
1983–84 Neale Stevenson[60] Malcolm Bull[60] Melvyn Stride[60]
1984–85 Laurence Grafstein[60] Roland Rudd[60] Neil Sherlock[60]
1985–86 Anthony Goodman[60] Jeya Wilson[60] Boris Johnson[60]
1986–87 Angus McCullough[60] Simon Stevens[60][66] Jessica Pulay[60]
1987–88 Anthony Frieze[60] Michael Gove[60] Duncan Gray[60]
1988–89 Andrew McCulloch[60] Adam Bruce[60] Stefan Green[60]
1989–90 Diana Gerald[60] Ed Lazarus[60] Jeremy Quin[60]
1990–91 Melanie Johnson[60] Ollie Campbell[60] Damian Hinds[60]
1991–92 Nicholas Edgar[60] Graeme Halkerston Adrian Gannon
1992–93 Christopher Hall James Robertson Katherine Wade
1993–94 Toby Lewis Kate Wilson Peter Gowers
1994–95 Jeremy Green Robert Palmer David Pinto-Duschinsky
1995–96 Matt Guy Jonathan Wolf Paul Kenward
1996–97 Jenny Carter-Manning Rob Harrington Oli Evans
1997–98 Sam Gyimah Clare Dixon Ellie Blagbrough
1998–99 Helen Eastman Theo Mills Nicky Black
1999–2000 Ben Seifert Lucy Atkins Jeff Bell

2000–present

Year Michaelmas Hilary Trinity
2000–01 Richard Silcock Nick Mason Amy Harland
2001–02 Neil Mahapatra Charlotte Keenan Karen Price
2002–03 David Watson Fraser Campbell Ambrose Faulks
2003–04 Marcus Walker Edward Tomlinson Georgina Costa
2004–05 Ruzwana Bashir Laura Poots Richard Tydeman
2005–06 Chris Farmer Sapana Agrawal David Powell
2006–07 James Wise Theo Roos Alex Just
2007–08 Luke Tryl Emily Partington Ben Tansey
2008–09 Josh Roche Charlie Holt Corey Dixon
2009–10 James Dray Stuart Cullen Laura Winwood
2010–11 James Kingston James Langman Ashvir Sangha
2011–12 Isabelle Westbury Lauren Pringle Isabel Ernst
2012–13 Seung-yoon Lee Maria Rioumine Joseph D'Urso
2013–14 Parit Wacharasindhu Polina Ivanova Ben Sullivan
2014–15 Mayank Banerjee Lisa Wehden Olivia Merrett
2015–16 Charles Vaughan Stuart Webber Robert Harris
2016–17 Noah Lachs Nikolay Koshikov Michael Li
2017–18 Chris Zabilowicz Laali Vadlamani Gui Cavalcanti
2018–19 Stephen Horvath Daniel Wilkinson Genevieve Athis
2019–20 Brendan McGrath[n 1][67] Sara Dube Mahi Joshi

Other notable officers

The 3rd Marquess of Salisbury was Union Secretary in Michaelmas 1848.

Harold Macmillan was Secretary of the Union in Hilary 1914, then Junior Treasurer (elected unopposed, which was then very unusual) in Trinity 1914; but for the war he would "almost certainly" have been President.[68]

S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike was Treasurer in Trinity 1924[69].

Humayun Kabir was Librarian in 1931[70].

In fiction

  • Simon Kerslake (early 1950s), protagonist of the Jeffrey Archer novel First Among Equals invites sitting Prime Minister Winston Churchill to propose the motion during Eights Week that "This House Would Rather be a Commoner than a Lord". His future rival, (Lord) Charles Seymour listens from the floor and resolves to enter politics also.[71] Archer himself was elected to Standing Committee for one term in 1965.[72]

Notes

  1. Resigned
  2. Killed during the First World War
  3. Killed during the Second World War
  4. Elected but did not hold office because of war service
  1. Sinclair attended St Mary Hall, Oxford. Associated with Oriel since 1326, it functioned independently from 1545 to 1902, before being incorporated into Oriel upon the death of its Principal, Drummond Percy Chase. Thus, St Mary Hall's coat of arms is substituted with that of the university itself.

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