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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Warton, Charles Nicholas

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Warton, Charles Nicholas, ex-Attorney-General, Western Australia, eldest son of Charles Warton, a surveyor in London, was born in 1832, and entered at Lincoln's Inn in Nov. 1857, being called to the Bar in June 1861. He married on August 24th, 1864, Agnes, daughter of G. H. Wood, of the 67th Regiment, and entered Parliament in 1880 as member for Bridport, which he represented until the general election in 1885. Mr. Warton, during his parliamentary career, gained an eccentric repute by the persistency with which he enforced the rule which prevented progress being made with bills which would otherwise have been unopposed. In 1886 he was appointed Attorney-General of Western Australia, and a member of the Legislative and Executive Councils. His tenure of office expired under the Constitution Act, in 1890, and he retired on a pension.