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Percy John Pybus

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Sir Percy John Pybus (1880-1935) of English Electric Co and a British Liberal Party politician.

1880 January 25th. Born

1906 Joined the Phoenix Dynamo Manufacturing Co.

During World War I he was appointed managing director.

1918 Phoenix became a major constituent of the amalgamation of businesses named English Electric Co and he became a joint managing director with two others.

1921 March. Appointed managing director of English Electric

1926 April. Appointed chairman of English Electric

He was a member of many boards of directors including The Times newspaper and chairman of others including Phoenix Assurance.

In October 1928 he was selected as Liberal candidate for the Harwich Division. He remained a director of English Electric.

He was first elected at the May 1929 general election, as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Harwich in Essex.

In 1931, when Labour Prime Minister Ramsay Macdonald split his party and formed a National Government, He was one the Liberal MPs who left their party to form the breakaway National Liberal Party and join the government. Re-elected in Harwich at the 1931 general election, Pybus served as Minister of Transport from 1931 until 1933.

Created C.B.E. in 1917 he was made a baronet, of Harwich in the County of Essex, in January 1934

1935 October 23rd. Died, just weeks before the 1935 general election. His title became extinct on his death.

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