Thomas Plumer Halsey

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Thomas Plumer Halsey MP (26 January 1815 – 24 April 1854) was a Member of Parliament for Hertfordshire from 1846 to 1854.

Hertfordshire County of England

Hertfordshire is one of the home counties in England. It is bordered by Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire to the north, Essex to the east, Greater London to the south, and Buckinghamshire to the west. For government statistical purposes, it is placed in the East of England region.


He was the son of Joseph Thompson Whately (d. 1818), who, on his marriage in 1804 to Sarah, the only child of Thomas Halsey MP, assumed that surname by Act of Parliament. [1]

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Thomas Plumer 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.

Hertfordshire was a county constituency covering the county of Hertfordshire in England. It returned two Knights of the Shire to the House of Commons of England until 1707, then to the House of Commons of Great Britain until 1800, and to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1800 until 1832. The Reform Act 1832 gave the county a third seat with effect from the 1832 general election.

James Walter Grimston, 2nd Earl of Verulam, known as Viscount Grimston from 1815 to 1845, was a British peer and Conservative politician. He was the eldest son of James Walter Grimston, 1st Earl of Verulam, and Lady Charlotte Jenkinson. He succeeded his father as 2nd Earl of Verulam in November 1845.

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On 23 January 1839, he married Frederica, the only child of General Frederick Johnston, at Marylebone. [2] Halsey, his wife and his infant son, Ethelbert Arthur Sackville Halsey, were drowned in the shipwreck of the steamer Ercolano in the Gulf of Genoa, along with 13 other English passengers. [3] Fellow passenger Sir Robert Peel survived by swimming. The older son, Frederick Halsey, 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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Sir Robert Peel, 3rd Baronet British politician

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  1. 'The Gentleman's Magazine' June 1854 pg 649
  2. British Records Halsey Marriages for England and Wales - 1837-1946
  3. 'The Gentleman's Magazine' June 1854 pg 650

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Viscount Grimston
Abel Smith, snr
Granville Ryder
Member of Parliament for Hertfordshire
With: Abel Smith, snr to 1847
Granville Ryder to 1847
Sir Henry Meux, Bt. from 1847
Thomas Trevor, 22nd Baron Dacre 1847–1852
Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton from 1852
Succeeded by
Abel Smith, jnr
Sir Henry Meux, Bt.
Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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