In office from: 1834 - 1835
The successor to George Palmer, David Carruthers was the shortest serving Chairman in Lloyd's Register history. Having previously worked as an insurance broker at Lloyd's of London, Carruther's was elected Chairman in October 1834, after a ballot was held in a General Committee meeting. An excerpt of the meeting wrote:
When a ballot was taken for Chairman and the numbers appeared to be for:
David Carruthers Esq, - 10
Geo. F. Young Esq, MP - 3
Crawford D. Kerr Esq, - 1
Therefore David Carruthers Esq, was declared to be duly elected Chairman of this Society and requested to take his seat accordingly. - 24 October 1834.
While in office as Chairman, Carruthers successfully campaigned to become MP for Kingston upon Hull in the 1835 General Election. Having been bested by Matthew Davenport Hill in the constituency's election three years prior, Carruthers eventually beat Hill in the polls, albeit amid rumours of bribery. Within five months of his election as MP, Carruthers died.
David Carruthers MP profile
1835 General Election
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