PELHAM, Thomas, jun. (c.1705-43).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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22 Feb. 1728 - 1741
1741 - 1 Aug. 1743

Family and Education

b. c.1705, 1st s. of Thomas Pelham of Lewes, Suss. and bro. of Henry Pelham of Lee. educ. Corpus Christi, Camb. 1722. m. 10 May 1738, Sarah, da. of John Gould of Hackney, sis. of John and Nathaniel Gould, 2s.

Offices Held

Sec. to British ambassadors, congress of Soissons 1728-30, to Paris embassy 1730-41; ld. of Trade 1741-d.


Soon after coming of age Thomas Pelham was brought into Parliament and given a diplomatic appointment by his second cousin, the Duke of Newcastle, then secretary of state. His duties did not prevent him from voting in all the recorded divisions of his first two Parliaments, except that on the place bill in 1740. In 1741 he succeeded to his father’s seat at Lewes and place at the board of Trade. Soon afterwards he fell dangerously ill of consumption,1 dying in his father’s lifetime, 1 Aug. 1743.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick


  • 1. James Pelham to Newcastle, 25 May 1742, Add. 32699, f. 256.