|Member of Parliament|
for Birmingham North
1885 – 1899
|Assumed office |
|Born||8 June 1831|
West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England
|Died||31 July 1919 (aged 88)|
Harborne, Edgbaston, Warwickshire, England
|Political party||Liberal Unionist Party|
|Children||Cecily, Millicent Mary, Wifred Byng, Gerald William|
|Occupation||Hardware manufacturer, Member of Parliament|
Kenrick was born at West Bromwich, Staffordshire, the son of Archibald Kenrick, JP (1798–1878), an iron founder, and his wife, Anne Paget (1798–1864). He became a director of the family firm, Archibald Kenrick & Sons.
He also became active in local politics, becoming a town councillor in 1870, alderman in 1872 and mayor of Birmingham from 1877 to 1878. In the 1885 general election he became MP for Birmingham North. He held the seat until he resigned in 1899 when he became a Privy Councillor. In 1911 he was given Honorary Freedom of the City of Birmingham.
Kenrick had educational and artistic interests. He was a Governor of King Edward's School, Birmingham and was closely connected with the Arts and Crafts movement. He was Chairman of the Museum and School of Arts Committee and was visited by William Morris in 1880. In 1895 he became a director of the Birmingham Guild of Handicraft when it became a limited company.
Marriage and family connections
On 26 August 1862, Kenrick married Mary Chamberlain (1838–1918), Joseph's sister, at the Union Chapel, Islington. His sister Harriet had married Joseph Chamberlain in July 1861; they were the parents of statesman Austen Chamberlain. After Harriet's death in 1863, Chamberlain married Harriet and William's cousin, Florence Kenrick, in 1868. Joseph and Florence were the parents of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain.
- Cicely Kenrick (1869–1950), married Ernest Debenham on 8 November 1892.
- Millicent Mary Kenrick (1871–1932), married Claude Gerald Napier-Clavering on 30 July 1897; mother of the actor Alan Napier
- Wilfred Byng Kenrick (1872–1962), married his cousin, Norah Beale, on 24 July 1906; later Lord Mayor of Birmingham
- Gerald William Kenrick (1876–1953), married his cousin, Ruth Chamberlain, on 26 April 1912
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by William Kenrick
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Birmingham North
|Party political offices|
| Chairman of the National Liberal Federation
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