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Arthur Shirley Benn, 1st Baron Glenravel

Arthur Shirley Benn, 1st Baron Glenravel KBE (20 December 1858 – 13 June 1937), known as Sir Arthur Shirley Benn, Bt, between 1926 and 1936, was a British businessman and politician.

The son of Reverend John Watkins Benn, he married Alys Maria Luling, daughter of Florenz Augustus Luling[1] of New Orleans and later of Mobile, Alabama, on 9 May 1888.[2]


Benn studied at Clifton College, then at Inner Temple. He became a managing director, then the British Vice-Consul to Mobile, Alabama.

Political career

Benn became active in the Conservative Party, and stood in Battersea at the 1906 UK general election. In 1907, he was elected to London County Council, a post he held for four years. He stood in Battersea again in January 1910. In December, he was instead elected at Plymouth.

Benn moved to represent Plymouth Drake in 1918, and in the same year was awarded the KBE.[3] In 1921, he became the President of the Association of British Chambers of Commerce, a position he held until 1923, and also became the Chair of the National Unionist Association. In 1926 he was created a baronet, of Plymouth in the County of Devon.[4] From 1927, he was the Director of the International Chamber of Commerce.

Benn lost his seat in 1929, and in 1931 was elected for Sheffield Park, but then lost this seat in 1935. In 1936 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Glenravel, of Kensington in the County of London.[5] He died the following year, aged 78, without issue, when the baronetcy and barony became extinct.


  1. ^ Bruno, Stephanie (November 27, 2004). "LULING MANSION PRESIDES OVER NEIGHBORHOOD NEAR THE TRACK". Picayune Times. 
  2. ^ Pine, L. G. (1972). The New Extinct Peerage 1884-1971: Containing Extinct, Abeyant, Dormant and Suspended Peerages With Genealogies and Arms. London: Heraldry Today. ISBN 0900455233. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30730. p. 6686. 7 June 1918.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 33191. p. 5371. 13 August 1926.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 34252. p. 730. 4 February 1936.
  • Michael Stenton and Stephen Lees, Who's Who of British MPs: Volume III, 1919-1945

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Edward Mallet
Aneurin Williams
Member of Parliament for Plymouth
December 19101918
With: Waldorf Astor
Constituency divided
New constituency Member of Parliament for Plymouth Drake
Succeeded by
James John Hamlyn Moses
Preceded by
George Lathan
Member of Parliament for Sheffield Park
Succeeded by
George Lathan
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Glenravel