Thomas Walker (died 1748)

Thomas Walker (c. 1664–1748), of Wimbledon, Surrey, was a British Whig politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1733 and 1747.

Walker was probably the son of Edward Walker of St Sepulchre’s, London, and his wife Susanna Winchurst. He became immensely wealthy, probably as a money lender.[1]

In November 1714, Walker was appointed Commissioner of customs. He changed the post for that of Surveyor general of crown lands in October 1731, as the latter post did not disqualify him from sitting in the House of Commons. He went first into Parliament at the age of 69. He was returned unopposed as Member of Parliament for West Looe as a government nominee at a by-election on 26 January 1733. He made his only known speech in 1733, when as a former commissioner of customs he defended the then commissioners against attacks on them by the Opposition. He did not stand at the 1734 British general election but was returned unopposed as MP for Plympton Erle at a by-election on 21 February 1735. At the 1741 British general election he was returned unopposed as MP for Helston. He did not stand in 1747.[1]

Walker bought the Old Park estate in Wimbledon in 1738 and probably lived at Westside House.[2] He died unmarried on 22 October 1748, aged 84 and was buried in the churchyard of St Mary's Wimbledon.[2] Horace Walpole called him ‘a kind of toad-eater to Sir Robert Walpole and Lord Godolphin’. He went frequently to the races at Newmarket, and was considered a notorious usurer.[1]

References

  1. "WALKER, Thomas (c.1664-1748), of Wimbledon, Surr". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  2. The Museum of Wimbledon
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Edward Trelawny
John Willes
Member of Parliament for West Looe
1733–1734
With: John Willes
Succeeded by
Edward Trelawny
John Willes
Preceded by
Richard Edgcumbe
Thomas Clutterbuck
Member of Parliament for Plympton Erle
1735–1741
With: Thomas Clutterbuck
Succeeded by
Richard Edgcumbe
Thomas Clutterbuck
Preceded by
John Evelyn
John Harris
Member of Parliament for Helston
17411747
With: Francis Godolphin
Succeeded by
Francis Godolphin
(Sir) John Evelyn


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