Thomas Whittaker (politician)

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Thomas Whittaker

Sir Thomas Palmer Whittaker PC (7 January 1850 – 9 November 1919) was a British businessman and Liberal Party politician. [1] [2]

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Funerary monument, Brompton Cemetery, London

Early life

Whittaker was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire. [1] Following education at Huddersfield College he entered business at the age of 16, selling hardware and iron goods. [2] [3] In 1874 he married Emma Mary Theedham. [1] [2] In 1882 he became the editor of a number of newspapers, subsequently moving to the London area. [1] [4]

Parliament

At the 1892 general election Whittaker was elected to the Commons as Liberal member of parliament for the Spen Valley constituency in the West Riding of Yorkshire. He was re-elected at each subsequent election, holding the seat until his death. [2] [5] In parliament he was a committed advocate of the temperance movement and sought reform of the alcohol licensing laws. This led to his appointment as a member of the Royal Commission on Licensing of 1896–1899. [1] [2] Outside parliament Whittaker continued to have a number business interests including being chairman and managing director of the Life Assurance Institution. [2] He was knighted in 1906, and appointed to the privy council in 1908. [1] [2] He found himself criticising his own party's budget in 1909 as he felt the taxation measures would erode the savings of many small investors in industrial and provident societies. [2] He was appointed the chairman of the Select Committee on Parliamentary Procedure in 1914, immediately prior to World War I. During the war his connections with the newspaper industry led him to be named chairman in 1916 of the Royal Commission on the Importation of Paper, which attempted to tackle the problems of paper shortage. [1] [2] At the 1918 general election he received the "coupon" and was re-elected as a Coalition Liberal. [2]

Whittaker died suddenly in November 1919 aged 69, while visiting Lady Hartington in Eastbourne, Sussex. [2] He is buried in Brompton Cemetery, London. [6]

Works

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "WHITTAKER, Rt. Hon. Sir Thomas Palmer". Who Was Who. Oxford University Press. December 2007. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 "Death Of Sir Thomas Whittaker. Work For Temperance Reform". The Times . 10 November 1919. p. 20.
  3. 1881 Census RG11/4803 Folio 48, Page 49: Scarborough - 106 - 7, Westboro, Scarborough, Yorkshire (North Riding) (Names and Surname: Thomas P Whittaker, Relation to Head of Family: Head, Condition of Marriage: M, Age last Birthday: 31, Profession or Occupation: Iron Monger & Iron Founder (Master), Where Born: Scarborough, Yorkshire)
  4. 1891 Census RG12/1064 Folio 78, Page 27, Schedule 102: Edmonton - 14, Endymion Road, Hornsey, Middlesex (Names and Surname: Thomas P Whittaker, Relation to Head of Family: Head, Condition of Marriage: M, Age last Birthday: 41, Profession or Occupation: Editor of Newspaper, Where Born: Scarborough, Yorkshire)
  5. Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 528. ISBN   0-900178-26-4.
  6. "Sir Thomas P. Whittaker". Find A Grave. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Joseph Woodhead
Member of Parliament for Spen Valley
1892–1919
Succeeded by
Tom Myers

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