Thomas Stanley (1753–1779)

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Thomas Smith-Stanley (c. 1753 – late 1779), was a British Army officer and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1776 to 1779.

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Stanley was the son of James Smith-Stanley, Lord Strange. He was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge. [1] He joined the army as a cornet in the 16th Light Dragoons in 1775, was promoted captain in the 17th Light Dragoons in 1776 and made major in the 79th Regiment of Foot (Royal Liverpool Volunteers) in 1777.

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Stanley was returned unopposed as Member of Parliament (MP) for Lancashire at a by-election on 26 March 1776. In 1779 he went with his regiment to Jamaica and died towards the end of 1779. [2]

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  1. "Stanley, The Hon. Thomas Smith (STNY771TS)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. "STANLEY, Hon Thomas (?1753–79)". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Lord Stanley
Sir Thomas Egerton
Member of Parliament for Lancashire
With: Sir Thomas Egerton
Succeeded by
Thomas Stanley
Sir Thomas Egerton