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Captain Charles William Selwyn (1858 - 1 March 1893) was a British
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British Army
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 officer and Conservative
Conservative Party (UK)
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He was the eldest son of the Rt. Hon. Sir Charles Jasper Selwyn
Charles Jasper Selwyn
Sir Charles Jasper Selwyn PC, QC , was an English lawyer, politician and Lord Justice of Appeal.-Background and education:...

, Lord Justice of Appeal
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, and his wife Hester née Ravenshaw. He was educated at Eton
Eton College
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 and Trinity College, Cambridge
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, before being commissioned in the Royal Horse Guards
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. He served with distinction with the regiment in the 1882 Anglo-Egyptian War. He made his home at Selwyn Court, Richmond, Surrey
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. In 1884 he married Isabella Constance Dalgety of Locklerley Hall, Romsey
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, Hampshire
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In 1885
United Kingdom general election, 1885
-Seats summary:-See also:*List of MPs elected in the United Kingdom general election, 1885*Parliamentary Franchise in the United Kingdom 1885–1918*Representation of the People Act 1884*Redistribution of Seats Act 1885-References:...

 he was selected as Conservative candidate to contest the new constituency of Wisbech
Wisbech (UK Parliament constituency)
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, but was defeated by his Liberal
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 opponent John Rigby
John Rigby (politician)
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. A further general election was held in 1886
United Kingdom general election, 1885
-Seats summary:-See also:*List of MPs elected in the United Kingdom general election, 1885*Parliamentary Franchise in the United Kingdom 1885–1918*Representation of the People Act 1884*Redistribution of Seats Act 1885-References:...

, and Selwyn stood against Rigby again, this time winning the seat to become member of parliament
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 for Wisbech. In October 1890 Selwyn informed the local Conservative and Unionist Association that his health would not allow him to undertake a contested election. His health deteriorated to such a degree that he was forced to resign from the Commons on 4 July 1891 by accepting the office of Steward of the Chiltern Hundreds.

He died in Auckland
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, New Zealand
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 on 1 March 1893 and was buried at St John's College, Auckland
St John's College, Auckland
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