Francis Channing, 1st Baron Channing of Wellingborough

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The Lord Channing of Wellingborough
Francis Channing.jpg
circa 1895
Member of Parliament for East Northamptonshire
In office
1885 – December 1910
Preceded byNew constituency
Succeeded bySir Leo Chiozza Money
Personal details
Born21 March 1841
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died20 February 1926
Eastbourne, Sussex, England
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Bryant (died 1925)
Alma materExeter College, Oxford
Baron Channing

Francis Allston Channing, 1st Baron Channing (21 March 1841 – 20 February 1926), known as Sir Francis Channing, Bt, between 1906 and 1912, was an American-born British barrister, academic, and Liberal Party politician.

Background and education[edit]

Channing born in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, the youngest child and only son of American parents, Reverend William Henry Channing (1810–1884) and Julia Maria Allen (died 1889). He was the great-grandson of the Honourable William Channing, Attorney General of Rhode Island, by Lucy Ellery, daughter of William Ellery, a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence. He was the great-nephew of Dr William Ellery Channing, Walter Channing and Edward Tyrrel Channing and a first cousin once removed of William Ellery Channing. He was naturalized as a British subject in 1883. He was educated at Exeter College, Oxford and subsequently became a fellow, lecturer and tutor in philosophy at University College, Oxford, and was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn.[1]

Political career[edit]

Channing was elected as Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for East Northamptonshire at the 1885 general election,[2] and held the seat until the December 1910 general election. From 1893 to 1896 he was a member of the Royal Commission on Agricultural Depression. He was made a Baronet, of Maiden Newton in the County of Dorset, on 3 December 1906,[3] and on 9 July 1912 he was elevated to the peerage as Baron Channing of Wellingborough, in the County of Northampton.[4] In 1918 he published Memories of Midland Politics, 1885-1910.[1]


Lord Channing of Wellingborough married Elizabeth Bryant on 21 July 1869. They had three daughters and one son, but only his eldest daughter, the Honourable Mary Channing (died 1940), survived infancy. Lady Channing of Wellingborough died at 40 Eaton Place, London, in August 1925. Lord Channing only survived her by seven months and died in Eastbourne, Sussex, in February 1926, aged 84. He was buried in Torquay. The baronetcy and barony died with him.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Francis Allston Channing, 1st and last Baron Channing of Wellingborough
  2. ^ "No. 25541". The London Gazette. 18 December 1885. p. 6136.
  3. ^ "No. 27971". The London Gazette. 27 November 1906. p. 8299.
  4. ^ "No. 28629". The London Gazette. 23 July 1912. p. 5418.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for East Northamptonshire
1885Dec. 1910
Succeeded by
Sir Leo Chiozza Money
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Maiden Newton)
1906 – 1926
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Channing of Wellingborough
1912 – 1926