Sir Thomas Somerset DL (14 December 1870 – 16 June 1947) was an industrialist and Ulster Unionist Member of Parliament (MP) for North Belfast from 1929–1945.
Belfast North is a parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom House of Commons.
The son of James Somerset, an engineer, he was educated at Largymore, County Down. He established Thomas Somerset and Co. Ltd., linen manufacturers in 1891. This enterprise proved profitable, with factories at Belfast, Greyabbey and Portaferry, giving employment to about 1500 people. He was also a director of Commercial Insurance Co. of Ireland, Ltd., and Chairman of the Northern Counties Committee of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway.
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Linen is a textile made from the fibers of the flax plant. Linen is laborious to manufacture, but the fiber is very strong, absorbent and dries faster than cotton. Garments made of linen are valued for their exceptional coolness and freshness in hot and humid weather.
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Somerset was elected MP for North Belfast in 1929, holding his seat to 1945. He was knighted in 1936.
Somerset married Ethel Parker of Cheshire and had two children, a son and daughter. The Somersets lived at The Weir, Upper Malone Road, Belfast.
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