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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