|Born||10 March 1607|
|Died||16 May 1667 60)(aged|
|Title||4th Earl of Southampton|
|Other titles||Earl of Chichester|
|Offices||Lord High Treasurer|
|Predecessor||Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton|
|Spouse(s)||Rachel de Massue|
Lady Elizabeth Leigh
|Parents|| Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton |
Thomas Wriothesley, 4th Earl of Southampton, KG ( // RY-əth-slee; 10 March 1607 – 16 May 1667), styled Lord Wriothesley before 1624, was an English statesman, a staunch supporter of King Charles II who after the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660 rose to the position of Lord High Treasurer, which term began with the assumption of power by the Clarendon Ministry. He "was remarkable for his freedom from any taint of corruption and for his efforts in the interests of economy and financial order," a noble if not completely objective view of his work as the keeper of the nation's finances. He died before the impeachment of Lord Clarendon, after which the Cabal Ministry took over government.
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jointly with The Earl of Portland
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Title last held byThe Lord Cottington
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