VERNON, Thomas (bef.1683-1726), of Twickenham Park, Mdx.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1710 - 8 May 1721
1722 - 22 Aug. 1726

Family and Education

b. bef. 1683, 1st s.1 of Sir Thomas Vernon, M.P., London merchant and director E.I. Co.; bro. of Sir Charles Vernon. m. Jane, 3da. suc. fa. 1711.

Offices Held

Ld. of Trade 1713-14.


A Turkey merchant and army bread contractor, Vernon was a Tory under Anne. Returned on his own interest for Whitchurch in 1715 as a Tory who might often vote Whig, he voted against the Administration in all recorded divisions. On 8 May 1721 he was expelled from the House of Commons for attempting to influence General Ross, a member of the secret committee on the South Sea bubble, in favour of his brother-in-law, John Aislabie, before the debate on the ‘South Sea sufferers’ bill. Defeated at the ensuing by-election for Whitchurch, he recovered his seat at the next general election, dying 22 Aug. 1726.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Paula Watson


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