Clement-Jones family - Person Sheet
Clement-Jones family - Person Sheet
NameLewis FRY, 7559
FatherJoseph FRY , 7542 (1795-1879)
MotherMary Ann SWAINE , 7555 (1797-1886)
Notes for Lewis FRY
Lewis Fry DL, (16 April 1832– 10 September 1921) was a Quaker, lawyer, philanthropist and a Liberal and later Liberal and Unionist politician who sat in the House of Commons in three spells between 1878 and 1900.

Early life

Fry was the son of Joseph Fry (1795–1879) and his wife Mary Anne Swaine (1897-1896)[1] and was a member of the Fry family known for their chocolate business.[2]. He was articled to a Quaker Solicitor, Joseph Bevan Braithwaite, who had also trained his elder bother, Edward Fry [3]. He was admitted in 1854 and practiced in Bristol until he entered Parliament .

Parliamentary service

Fry was Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for Bristol between 1878 and 1885, and a Liberal and Unionist for Bristol North between 1885–1892 and 1895–1900.[5]
He was sworn a member of the Privy Council after the accession of King Edward VII on 24 January 1901[6] and was appointed a deputy lieutenant of Gloucestershire shortly thereafter
He was Chairman of Parliamentary Committee on Town Holdings, 1886–1892 and author of two reports of same

Other public service

Fry served on Bristol Town Council from 1866 to 1884

When School Boards were introduced, Lewis Fry was elected the first Chair of the Bristol School Board [9]. He drew up an influential scheme for religious education in elementary schools .

He supported a number of Bristol public institutions: the School of Science and Art, the Museum and Library and the Evening Classes Association and the local branch of the Charities Organization Society [4].
He was on the Council of Clifton College and was President of the High School for Girls [4].
He served on the Council of the Law Society
Fry is considered to be an important figure in the creation and early development of the University of Bristol. He was the first chairman of the Council of the University of Bristol. An annual public lecture at the University is his memorial[11].
One of his chief pleasures in life was his interest in art. He was himself and amateur painter .

Marriage and family

On 29 September 1858, he married Elizabeth Pease Gibson, the daughter of Mr. Francis Gibson of Saffron Walden [4]. They had three sons and two daughters [13].[14] She died in 1870.


He lived at Goldney Hall in Clifton. It is now a Hall of Residence of the University. He died shortly after celebrating his 89th Birthday

The Lewis Fry Memorial Lecture was established in 1924 by his surviving children. The endowment provides for an annual lecture to be given by a scholar of distinction on subjects connected with the Fine Arts, History, Literature, Music, Drama, Philosophy, Theology or Education .
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