Doughty, George

WM, ship-owner and politician born at Grimsby, the son of William Doughty. Educated at Grimsby Wesleyan Higher School he became a merchant, ship-owner and partner in the town-based firm of Hagerup, Doughty & Co Ltd. As a Liberal he was a Grimsby alderman and mayor in 1892 and 1893. He was elected to parliament for Great Grimsby in 1895 but resigned his seat in 1898 on joining the Liberal Unionists. He stood successfully in the ensuing by-election and retained the seat until January 1910 when defeated by the Liberal candidate, but regained the seat in December 1910. He joined the Conservatives when they merged with the Unionists in 1912. Known as the 'Wesleyan Demosthenes of tariff reform', he died on 7 April 1914.

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