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George Frederick Muntz

Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of Philip Frederick Muntz and Catherine Muntz
Husband of Eliza Muntz
Father of Sir Philip Albert Muntz, 1st Baronet; Charles Adolphus Muntz; Laura Mathilda Muntz; ? Muntz; George Frederick Muntz and 3 others
Brother of Julia Augusta Muntz; Mary Ann Muntz; Frances Eliza Muntz; Clara Sophia Oakes; Laura Mathilda Muntz and 1 other

Occupation: industrialist& MP for Birmingham
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About George Frederick Muntz

George Frederick Muntz (26 November 1794 – 30 July 1857) was an industrialist from Birmingham, England and a Liberal Party Member of Parliament (MP) for the Birmingham constituency from 1840 until his death.

His family came to England during the French revolution.

Muntz was a supporter of political reform and a member of the Birmingham Political Union. In his actions that led to the Reform Act of 1832, he was indicted for sedition as he tried to undermine the Duke of Wellington with a run on gold: To stop the Duke, run for gold. He also was involved in a riot at Saint Martins in Birmingham in protest against the Church Rates which were levied at around 6d to 9d in the pound. He was sent to trial in 1838, but was acquitted on all but one of 13 charges. Whilst claiming to be a republican, his true character appeared to be that of an egotistical aristocrat. Edwards wrote in 1877 of a conversation about a speech he made: "They won't be able to print Muntz's speech verbatim." "Why not?" said I. "Why my dear fellow, no printing office in the world would have capital I's enough".

Together with his elder brother, George Frederic Muntz, Philip was active in Radical politics. In August 1838 they addressed a large Chartist meeting was held near Birmingham. The two brothers were selected as part of an eight-person delegation to represent the English Midlands at a "general convention of the industrial classes" in London, which was to present the People's Charter to parliament.

His home was at Umberslade Hall, in Tanworth in Arden. In the grounds of his estate, Muntz's son commissioned a church to be built which stands to this day, Umberslade Baptist Church. His descendants still live in the area and operate Umberslade Hall Children's Farm.[1][2]

As an industrialist, he developed Muntz Metal.

He had seven sons and two daughters. The family business was continued by the eldest son, George Frederick junior together with Philip Albert Muntz,[3] also a Member of Parliament who was created a Baronet in 1902 (see Muntz Baronets). George's brother, Philip Henry Muntz, was also an MP.

The Muntz family are remembered by Muntz Street, a tower block called Muntz House and Muntz Park, all in Birmingham.

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George Frederick Muntz's Timeline

November 26, 1794
July 26, 1834
Age 39
Birmingham, United Kingdom
January 5, 1839
Age 44
July 30, 1857
Age 62