Educated at Rossall School, he held a commission in the 4th (Militia) Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment. He was a justice of the peace for the counties of Cheshire and Worcestershire, and a Deputy Lieutenant of the latter county. Partington entered the family business which involved the production and processing of wood pulp for the manufacture of paper.
He was twice married: in 1902 he wed Clara Isabel Murray, daughter of Viscount Elibank.
He returned to the House of Commons in 1915 at an uncontested by-election for the Shipley constituency in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The vacancy occurred during the First World War, when the sitting Member of Parliament, Percy Illingworth, died.
Under an agreement between the parties vacant seats were to be uncontested for the duration of the conflict, with only a candidate of the party holding the seat being nominated. Partington stood down at the next general election in 1918.
He succeeded his father in the peerage upon his death in 1925.
He died at his London home, Bolney House in Ennismore Gardens, Westminster in 1935 aged 62. He was buried at Hampton Lovett near Droitwich, close to his country home of Westwood Park.
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He became a member of the firm of Olive and Partington, with paper mills in Glossop, Derbyshire and a director of the Kellner-Partington Paper Pulp Company.
He was elected at the 1900 general election as Member of Parliament for High Peak constituency in Derbyshire, and held the seat through two further elections before his defeat at the December 1910 general election. In March 1913 he was appointed an alderman on London County Council as a member of the Liberal-backed Progressive Party.
He remained a member of the council until 1920.