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Robert William Perks

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Sir Robert William Perks (1849–1934), industrialist and politician, of the Metropolitan District Railway, a British Liberal politician.

1849 Born at Old Brentford, the elder son of the Revd George Thomas Perks (1819–1877), president of the Wesleyan conference in 1873, and his wife, Mary (d. 1894), daughter of James Alexander Dodds, an Edinburgh architect of promise who died young.

He was educated at Kingswood School, and at King's College London (1867–71). He then qualified as a solicitor, and became a partner of Henry Fowler, 1st Viscount Wolverhampton.

He was elected to Parliament at the 1892 general election as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Louth.

He was made a baronet in 1908, and retired from Parliament at the 1910 general election. His son succeeded him to the baronetcy

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