Thomas Salt

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Thomas Salt

1st Baronet
Born(1830-05-12)12 May 1830
Died8 April 1904(1904-04-08) (aged 73)
Organization Conservative Party

Sir Thomas Salt, 1st Baronet (12 May 1830 – 8 April 1904), was a British banker and Conservative politician.

Conservative Party (UK) Political party in the United Kingdom

The Conservative Party, officially the Conservative and Unionist Party, known informally as the Tories, and historically also known as the Unionist Party, is a centre-right political party in the United Kingdom. The governing party since 2010, it is the largest in the House of Commons, with 288 Members of Parliament, and also has 234 members of the House of Lords, 4 members of the European Parliament, 31 Members of the Scottish Parliament, 11 members of the Welsh Assembly, 8 members of the London Assembly and 7,445 local councillors.



His grandfather John Stevenson Salt, (High Sheriff of Staffordshire in 1838), married Sarah Stevenson, the granddaughter of John Stevenson, founder in 1737 of a banking company in Stafford. Salt became a partner in the firm of Stevenson Salt & Co which had opened in Cheapside, London in 1788 and which in 1867 merged with Bosanquet & Co and later with Lloyds Banking Company. Salt went on to be a director, and later Chairman, of Lloyds from 1884 to 1896. [1] He was also Chairman, from 1883 to 1904, of the North Staffordshire Railway. [2] He was also chair of the New Zealand Midland Railway Company in 1889. [3]

John Stevenson Salt was an English barrister, banker and land owner.

This is a list of the sheriffs and high sheriffs of Staffordshire.

North Staffordshire Railway

The North Staffordshire Railway (NSR) was a British railway company formed in 1845 to promote a number of lines in the Staffordshire Potteries and surrounding areas in Staffordshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire and Shropshire.

He was returned to Parliament for Stafford in 1859, a seat he held until 1865, and again from 1869 to 1880, 1881 to 1885 and 1886 to 1892. From January 1876 to April 1880, he was Parliamentary Secretary to the Local Government Board, a junior post, in the second ministry of Benjamin Disraeli’s government. [1] In 1899 he was created a Baronet, of Standon, and of Weeping Cross in the County of Stafford. His estates included Baswich House, built by his father in 1850, and Standon Hall, which his son later rebuilt in 1901. He died in April 1904, aged 73.

Stafford (UK Parliament constituency) Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1983 onwards

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Parliamentary Secretary to the Local Government Board Wikimedia list article

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Second Disraeli ministry Government of the United Kingdom

Benjamin Disraeli was appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom for a second time by Queen Victoria after William Ewart Gladstone's government was defeated in the 1874 general election. Disraeli's foreign policy was seen as immoral by Gladstone, and following the latter's Midlothian campaign, the government was heavily defeated in the 1880 general election, whereupon Gladstone formed his second government. The ailing Disraeli, by now created Earl of Beaconsfield, died in April 1881.

Personal life

His youngest son was a major-general in the army, and his uncle was the banker William Salt, after whom the William Salt Library at Stafford is named. His granddaughter was the diplomat Dame Barbara Salt, DBE . [4]

William Salt was a British banker in London, England, and a genealogist and antiquary in whose memory the William Salt Library in Stafford was founded.

William Salt Library library

The William Salt Library is a library and archive, in Stafford, Staffordshire. Supported by Staffordshire County Council, it is a registered charity, administered by an independent trust in conjunction with the Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service, which also operates the county archives from an adjacent building.

Dame Barbara Salt, was a British diplomat.


  1. 1 2 "Stevenson, Salt & Co". Lloyds Banking Group plc -. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
  2. "A Chronology of the North Staffordshire Railway". The North Staffordshire Railway Study Group. Archived from the original on 24 July 2008. Retrieved 12 May 2009.
  3. "New Zealand Midland Railway". Nelson Evening Mail. 30 November 1889. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  4. May, Alex (2004). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Ayshford Wise
Viscount Ingestre
Member of Parliament for Stafford
With: John Ayshford Wise 1859–1860
Thomas Sidney 1860–1865
Succeeded by
Michael Bass
Walter Meller
Preceded by
Walter Meller
Henry Pochin
Member of Parliament for Stafford
With: Reginald Talbot 1869–1874
Alexander Macdonald 1874–1880
Succeeded by
Alexander Macdonald
Charles McLaren
Preceded by
Alexander Macdonald
Charles McLaren
Member of Parliament for Stafford
Served alongside: Charles McLaren
Succeeded by
Charles McLaren
(representation reduced to one member 1885)
Preceded by
Charles McLaren
Member of Parliament for Stafford
Succeeded by
Charles Shaw
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Standon and Weeping Cross)
Succeeded by
Thomas Anderson Salt
Political offices
Preceded by
Clare Sewell Read
Parliamentary Secretary to the Local Government Board
Succeeded by
John Tomlinson Hibbert