MILLS, Charles (1755-1826), of 12 Mansfield Streetand, Marylebone, Mdx. and Barford, Warws.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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Constituency

Dates

1802 - 29 Jan. 1826

Family and Education

b. 13 July 1755, 2nd s. of Rev. John Mills, rector of Barford and Oxhill, Warws. by Sarah, da. of Rev. William Wheler, vicar of Leamington Hastings, Warws.; bro. of William Mills*. educ. Rugby 1763. m. 21 Mar. 1810, his sis.-in-law Jane, da. of Hon. Wriothesley Digby of Meriden, Warws., s.p.

Offices Held

Dir. E.I. Co. 1785-1815, dep. chairman 1801, chairman Sept. 1801-2, dir. London Dock Co. 1803-9; asst. Lead Co. 1805.

Lt.-col. 1 R.E.I. vols. 1796, col. 1803; capt. Marylebone vols. 1803; commr. of lieutenancy, London 1808-d.

Biography

Mills’s grandfather was a clerk in Chancery. His uncle William Mills, who married the heiress of Sir John Salter, Lord Mayor of London and an East India proprietor, saved the bank of Glyn and Hallifax in the panic of 1772 with £10,000, stipulating that he become a partner with his nephew Charles (who duly became one on coming of age). In 1785, on the retirement of his elder brother William, Charles also became an East India Company director. According to the historian of Glyn Mills Bank, his connexions in the business world and the Mills funds were great assets to the bank in its steady recovery. His nephews, who inherited his wealth, continued the family association with the bank.1

Mills, who had strong local connexions, was triumphant on the independent interest at Warwick in 1802, driving his London neighbour, Samuel Robert Gaussen*, from the field and attributing his successful canvass to the efforts of the veteran Whig Dr Samuel Parr of Hatton.2 He held the seat unopposed until his death, though he was not conspicuous for political commitment and made little mark in the House. He is not known to have opposed the Addington ministry, but voted against Pitt’s additional force bill in June 1804. In September he was listed at first both ‘Addington’ and ‘Pitt’, then among ‘Addington’s friends on whom some impression might be made’ and, finally, ‘doubtful Addington’. He was again so listed in July 1805, after he had joined the majorities on Melville’s case, 8 Apr. and 12 June. He supported the Grenville ministry’s repeal of Pitt