Captain Mangles (1798-1873) was a City merchant in a large way of business. He was sent to sea, aged 13, in the service of the East India Company, rising to the rank of captain. With the revocation of the East India Company charter in 1833, Charles became, in partnership with his elder brother Frederick, an independent trader to Australia and the far east. He was a major investor in the infrastructure of the London docks and held a string of company directorships. He was director of the Royal Steam Packet Company, whose home port was Southampton, and a director (chairman from 1859) of the London and South-Western Railway Company. He was also a director of the Southampton Dock Company. He stood as MP for Southampton on two occasions – in 1841 and 1862 – but was defeated on both occasions.

A fuller biography can be found in ‘Captain Charles Edward Mangles (1798-1873): Southampton MP that was not to be’ (Southampton occasional Papers no. 8)


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