DAWES, John (d.1822), of Westminster

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1780 - 1784
1784 - 1790

Family and Education

o.s. of John Dawes of Islington, an eminent London broker. m. 15 Mar. 1781, da. of Isaac Akerman, 1da. suc. fa. to a fortune estimated at over £60,000, 1788.

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Dawes, a London banker, was from 1779 to 1810 partner in the firm of Croft, Roberts, Devaynes, and Dawes. He also seems to have financed mineral development in Wales.1

In 1780 he was returned unopposed at Tregony where both seats had been put at the Treasury’s disposal. He supported North’s Administration; did not vote on Shelburne’s peace preliminaries, 18 Feb. 1783; but in Robinson’s list of March 1783 appears among the M.P.s connected with Rigby, though the nature of their connexion has not been discovered. He voted for parliamentary reform, 7 May 1783; against Fox’s East India bill, 27 Nov. 1783, and was classed by Robinson, January 1784, and Stockdale, 19 Mar., as a supporter of Pitt. He was a member of the St. Alban’s Tavern group which tried to bring about a junction between Fox and Pitt. In 1784 Dawes successfully contested Hastings on the Government interest. He voted for parliamentary reform, 18 Apr. 1785, and supported Pitt till he left Parliament. There is no record of his having spoken in the House.

He died 23 Mar. 1822.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Mary M. Drummond


  • 1. G. W. J. Gyll, Par. Wraysbury, Ankerwyke Priory, 73.