Bartle Bull (politician)

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Bartle Bull
Member of Parliament
for Enfield
In office
Preceded byReginald Applin
Succeeded byErnest Davies
Personal details
Born(1902-04-01)1 April 1902
Rosedale, Toronto, Canada
Died17 October 1950(1950-10-17) (aged 48)
Chesham Place, London, United Kingdom
Political partyConservative
Rosemary Baur
(m. 1931; his death 1950)
RelationsBartle Bull (grandson)
ParentsWilliam Perkins Bull
Maria Scott Brennen
Alma materEton College
Magdalen College, Oxford
Military service
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Branch/serviceColdstream Guards
Battles/warsSecond World War:
 • North African Campaign
 • Battle of Sidi Barrani

Bartle Brennen Bull (1 April 1902 – 17 October 1950) was a Canadian-born British barrister and Conservative Party politician.[1]

Early life[edit]

He was the eldest son of Maria Scott Brennen (1875–1934) and William Perkins Bull (1870–1948) KC of Eaton Place in London and Lorne Hall in Rosedale, Toronto, Canada.[2] Bull was president of the Okanagan Lumber Company, the founder and director of the Canadian Oil Company, president of the Sterling Oil Company, the founder of Red Deer Investments, and founder, director and treasurer of the Mississauga Lumber Company.[3][4]

Born in Toronto, he was educated in England at Eton College and Magdalen College, Oxford.[1] He subsequently studied law, passing bar examinations in criminal law and procedure in 1925 and property and conveyancing in 1926.[5][6]

Bull won Eton's long-distance swimming championship, in 1920.[7]


He was called to the bar at the Inner Temple in 1928.[1] In the same year he moved to Bartle, Cuba, to manage his family's cattle ranch and sugar plantation.[1] On return to England he began to practice law on the South Eastern Circuit.[1] In early 1931, Bull "suffered an attack of poisoning" while in Cuba.[8]

In February 1935, Bull was chosen by the Enfield District Conservative Association to contest the local constituency at the next general election, in place of the retiring member of parliament, Lieutenant-Colonel R V K Applin.[9] He retained the seat for the Conservatives at the general election held in October 1935.[10]

With the outbreak of the Second World War, Bull obtained a commission in the Coldstream Guards.[11] He took part in the North African Campaign, and was badly wounded at the Battle of Sidi Barrani.[1][12]

Bull lost his Commons seat at the 1945 general election, when it was one of many won by the Labour Party in a political landslide.[1] On leaving parliament, Bull returned to his legal practice.[1]

Personal life[edit]

In 1931, Bull was married to Rosemary Baur (1911–2006), an American who was a graduate of Bryn Mawr College dubbed "Chicago's richest debutante." She was the daughter of Jacob Baur, the father of the Soda fountain and inherited $2.5-$3 million from a trust established by her father.[13] Rumours of his engagement were mentioned in the press in February 1931,[14] but confirmed in May.[15] Newspapers reported that Bull had visited Baur at Cap D'Antibes in 1930.[16]

Together, they were the parents of two children:[17]

He died from a heart attack at his home in Chesham Place, London, in October 1950, aged 48.[1][23]


Through his son Bartle, he was the grandfather of Bartle Bull III (b. 1970), the American writer who is the editor of the Middle East Monitor and foreign editor of Prospect, a leading British political and cultural magazine,[24] as well as Romia Bull, a Brearley School and Bryn Mawr College graduate, who married Geoffrey Dodge Kimball, a deputy manager in the investment advisory department of Brown Brothers Harriman & Company in New York, in 1984.[25]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Obituary: Mr Bartle Bull". The Times. 18 October 1950. p. 6.
  2. ^ "SIDLEY-BULL CASE ENDED.; Former Gets Annuity From His ExWife for Dropping Suit". The New York Times. 26 February 1931. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  3. ^ "William Perkins Bull Biography". Peel Information Network. Archived from the original on 24 December 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Perkins Bull Biography". Archived from the original on 17 July 2016. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Bar Examinations. Michelmas Results". The Times. 29 October 1925. p. 8.
  6. ^ "Bar Examinations. Trinity Term Results". The Times. 3 June 1926. p. 8.
  7. ^ "Canadian boy won swimming contest" ( Edmonton Journal. Edmonton AB. [Cross-Atlantic Newspaper Service]. 18 September 1920. p. 21. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Rich Chicago heiress will soon be bride". Chicago WI. Associated Press. 14 May 1931. p. 1. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  9. ^ "News in Brief". The Times. 18 February 1935. p. 14.
  10. ^ "The General Election". The Times. 15 November 1935. p. 11.
  11. ^ "No. 34698". The London Gazette. 18 September 1939. p. 6649.
  12. ^ "SOLDIER MATE OF ROSEMARY BAUR WOUNDED IN WAR". Chicago Tribune. 4 January 1941. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  13. ^ McCormick, Mike (3 July 2010). "HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE: Jacob Baur still recognized as 'Father of the Soda Fountain'". Terre Haute Tribune-Star. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  14. ^ "W. Perkins Bull hurried across Canadian border". Chicago Daily Tribune. Chicago IL. 19 February 1931. p. 10. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  15. ^ "Rosemary Baur, society girl, to wed Bartle Bull". The Times. Streator IL. 14 May 1931. p. 1. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  16. ^ "Rich Chicago girl to wed British youth". Belvidere Daily Republican. Belvidere IL. 14 May 1931. p. 9. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  17. ^ "Rosemary Baur Bull 1911-2006". Telling Life Stories. 2 March 2016. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  18. ^ McCormick, Mike (19 May 2007). "Historical Perspective: A major auction with a Terre Haute connection". Terre Haute Tribune-Star. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  19. ^ Bull, Bartle (29 October 2015). "Final Clubs and the Freedom of Association | Opinion | The Harvard Crimson". Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  20. ^ Bull, Bartle (7 June 1968). "Robert F. Kennedy". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  21. ^ a b "Belinda L. Breese Wed To Battle Bull, a Lawyer". The New York Times. 26 May 1968. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  22. ^ "William Lawrence Breese, 91, Dies". The Washington Post. 23 March 2000. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  23. ^ "Deaths". The Times. 20 October 1950. p. 1.
  24. ^ Bull, Bartle (4 July 2017). "Why Iraq Needs a Cultural Surge". The National Interest. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  25. ^ "Romia Bull Plans To Marry in April". The New York Times. 22 January 1984. Retrieved 19 December 2017.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Reginald Applin
Member of Parliament for Enfield
Succeeded by
Ernest Davies