Thomas Watters Brown

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Thomas Brown
Member of Parliament
for North Down
In office
14 December 1918 21 February 1922
Preceded by William Mitchell-Thomson
Succeeded by Henry Wilson
Personal details
Born(1879-03-17)17 March 1879
Newtownards, Ireland
Died7 October 1944(1944-10-07) (aged 65)
NationalityBritish
Political party Ulster Unionist Party
Alma mater Queen's University Belfast
ProfessionBarrister

Thomas Watters Brown PC (17 March 1879 in Newtownards – 7 October 1944) [1] [2] was an Irish lawyer and politician.

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Newtownards town, townland and civil parish in County Down, Northern Ireland

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Campbell College

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He was elected Member of Parliament for North Down in 1918 and was appointed Solicitor-General for Ireland in June 1921. On 5 August of the same year he was promoted to Attorney-General for Ireland. He was the last holder of both offices. [2] He resigned as Attorney General for Ireland in December 1921, and served as a Judge of the High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland from 1922 until his death. [3] He was appointed to the Privy Council of Northern Ireland in December 1922. [4]

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References

  1. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 3)
  2. 1 2 A. D. McDonnell (2000). The life of Sir Denis Henry: Catholic Unionist. Ulster Historical Foundation. Retrieved 30 December 2010.
  3. "Who's Who" . Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  4. "No. 76". The Belfast Gazette . 15 December 1922. p. 712.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Mitchell-Thomson
Member of Parliament for North Down
1918–1922
Succeeded by
Henry Wilson
Legal offices
Preceded by
Daniel Martin Wilson
Solicitor-General for Ireland
June–August 1921
Office abolished
Preceded by
Denis Henry
Attorney-General for Ireland
5–16 August 1921
Office abolished