Thomas Rowley Hill

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Thomas Rowley Hill (1 March 1816 9 October 1896) was an English Liberal politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1874 to 1885.

Liberal Party (UK) political party of the United Kingdom, 1859–1988

The Liberal Party was one of the two major parties in the United Kingdom with the opposing Conservative Party in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The party arose from an alliance of Whigs and free trade Peelites and Radicals favourable to the ideals of the American and French Revolutions in the 1850s. By the end of the 19th century, it had formed four governments under William Gladstone. Despite being divided over the issue of Irish Home Rule, the party returned to government in 1905 and then won a landslide victory in the following year's general election.

House of Commons of the United Kingdom lower house in the Parliament of the United Kingdom

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Hill was born at Stourport, the son of William Hill FRAS. He was educated at University College, London. He held a number of public offices, being Sheriff of Worcester in 1858, Mayor of Worcester in 1859 and a J.P. and Deputy Lieutenant for Worcestershire. [1]

A sheriff is a government official, with varying duties, existing in some countries with historical ties to England, where the office originated. There is an analogous although independently developed office in Iceland that is commonly translated to English as sheriff, and this is discussed below.

Worcestershire County of England

Worcestershire is a county in the West Midlands of England. Between 1974 and 1998, it was merged with the neighbouring county of Herefordshire as Hereford and Worcester.

In 1868 Hill stood unsuccessfully for parliament at Worcester. He became High Sheriff of Worcestershire in 1870. [2] At the 1874 general election Hill was elected Member of Parliament for Worcestershire. He lost the seat in 1885 [3] and failed to regain it when he stood in the 1886 general election. He was a member of the Worcester and Suckley school boards in 1879. [4]

Worcester (UK Parliament constituency) Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom

Worcester is a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Since 1885 it has elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election; from 1295 to 1885 it elected two MPs.

This is a list of sheriffs and since 1998 high sheriffs of Worcestershire.

Hill was a very charitable man, and founded and endowed almshouses for four aged women in Berwick Street, Worcester. [4] He died at the age of 80.

Hill married firstly Esther Evans, daughter of Richard Evans of Worcester in 1838. Esther died in 1839 and in 1842 he remarried to Mary Hilditch Evans, daughter of Edward Evans of Worcester. [4]

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References

  1. Debretts House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1881
  2. "No. 23584". The London Gazette . 7 February 1870. p. 722.
  3. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 5)
  4. 1 2 3 W R Williams Parliamentary History of the County of Worcester

Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Thomas Hill