SAXON, Nathaniel (?1766-1844), of 5 Pump Court, Middle Temple and 39 Lower Gower Street, Bedford Square, Mdx.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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1806 - 1807

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b. ?1766, ?yr. s. of John Saxon (d.1798) of Parliament Street, Mdx. by his w. (d. 27 Mar. 1812). educ. Harrow 1776-9. m. 18 Sept. 1802, Susannah, da. of Philip Godsal of Hampstead, Mdx., s.p.

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Saxon, possibly the son or nephew of an attorney and of a Somerset family, was admitted a King’s bench attorney (as of Parliament Street, Middlesex) in 1790. He apparently had an extensive practice. He was returned for Ilchester (where he became a burgess in 1804, after assisting at the election of 1802) together with its patron Sir William Manners*, one of his clients, in 1806. His patron, largely indifferent to politics, was favourably disposed to the Grenville administration. Saxon made no mark in the House, though he served on the Saltash election committee, 28 Jan. 1807. He did not seek re-election in 1807 and continued his attorney’s practice.

In 1823 he was still acting for Manners in a petition to the lord chancellor respecting Ilchester; in the following year he took into partnership with him Nathaniel Hooper, who had recently married Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel Simon Saxon (1756-1831), a proprietor of silk mills, of Evercreech, Somerset, evidently his brother. Saxon died without issue, 8 May 1844, aged 78, leaving his estate, worth £18,000, to his wife, save for bequests to nephews and nieces.

J. S. Cox, Ilchester Hist. Monographs, 111; Gent. Mag. (1823), ii. 464; (1844), i. 664; PCC 1844, f. 419.

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: R. G. Thorne