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.



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]

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.

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]


  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