Thomas Walton Mellor

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Thomas Walton Mellor (3 October 1814 – 17 February 1902) was a British cotton manufacturer and Conservative politician.


Early years

Thomas was the third son of Thomas Mellor of Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, and his wife Mary Walton of Stalybridge, Cheshire. He was christened on 30 October 1814 at the parish church of St Michael Ashton-under-Lyne.


He became a major "cotton master" in Ashton, and led the opposition to the costs of the town obtaining a charter of incorporation as a municipal borough in 1847. [1] He was a magistrate for the borough of Ashton and the counties palatine of Chester and Lancaster. [2]

In 1868, Mellor was elected as Member of Parliament for Ashton-under-Lyne, describing himself as "a Conservative with Liberal tendencies". [2] He stood down from parliament in 1880.

Family life

He married Jane Leigh of Compsall Bridge in 1849 and they had a son, John Edward. [2]


Mellor died at Ashton-under-Lyne 17 February 1902. [3]

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Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs

  1. Anthony Howe, The Cotton Masters 1830–1860, Oxford, 1984
  2. 1 2 3 Our New Members of Parliament, The Times, 5 December 1868, p. 7
  3. "Obituary". The Times. No. 36694. London. 18 February 1902. p. 10.
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