Thomas Plumer Halsey MP (26 January 1815 – 24 April 1854) was a Member of Parliament for Hertfordshire from 1846 to 1854.
He was the son of Joseph Thompson Whately (1774–1818), who, on his marriage in 1804 to Sarah Halsey (d. 1864), the only child of Thomas Halsey, MP,assumed that surname by Act of Parliament. Among his siblings were Emma Halsey (wife of William Tyrwhitt-Drake) and Jane Halsey (wife of George Tyrwhitt-Drake). From his mother's second marriage to the Rev. John Fitz Moore, he had an elder half-sister, Georgiana Theodosia Halsey, who married Col. Leopold Grimston Paget (youngest son of Berkeley Paget, MP, and a grandson of Henry Paget, 1st Earl of Uxbridge).
His paternal grandfather was Rev. Joseph Whately, of Nonsuch Park, Rector of Widford, and Prebendary of Bristol Cathedral.
Halsey was elected Member of Parliament for Hertfordshire unopposed in January 1846 following the elevation of the previous incumbent, James Grimston to the House of Lords.
Halsey owned and estate called The Hall in Hertfordshire.
On 23 January 1839, he married Frederica Johnston, the only child of Gen. Frederick Johnston, at Marylebone. Together, they were the parents of:
On 24 April 1854, Halsey, his wife and his infant son, Ethelbert, were drowned in the shipwreck of the steamer SS Ercolano in the Gulf of Genoa, along with 13 other English passengers. Fellow passenger Sir Robert Peel survived by swimming.Their older son, Frederick survived as he was a pupil at Eton at the time. He went on to become the first of the Halsey Baronets.
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