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Samuel Galbraith

For the Scottish Labour Party politician, see Sam Galbraith.

Samuel Galbraith (4 July 1853 – 10 April 1936) was a Liberal Party politician and Trade Unionist in the United Kingdom.


He was born in Ballydrain, Comber, Ireland, a son of Samuel Galbraith. In 1886 he married Helen King Petty. In 1917 he was awarded the Order of the British Empire.[1]


He was an elected member of Durham County Council from 1888-1900, and an appointedAlderman from 1900-1936. He worked as a Miners’ Agent from 1900–15. He was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Mid Durham at a by-election in 1915, sponsored by the Durham Miners' Association. When that constituency was abolished for the 1918 general election, he was elected for the new Spennymoor seat.

General Election 1918[2]

Electorate 34,016

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Ald. Samuel Galbraith 9,443 53.5 n/a
Labour Joseph Batey 8,196 46.5 n/a
Majority 7.0 n/a
Turnout 17,639 n/a
Liberal hold Swing n/a

He did not contest any further elections, and retired from Parliament at the 1922 general election, aged 69.[3]

He served as a Justice of the Peace.[4]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Wilson
Member of Parliament for Mid Durham
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Spennymoor
Succeeded by
Joseph Batey


  1. ^ Debrett's House of Commons 1922
  2. ^ British parliamentary election results 1918-1949
  3. ^ British parliamentary election results 1918-1949
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