Samuel Crawley

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Samuel Crawley (16 December 1790 – 21 December 1852) was an English Whig and Liberal politician who sat in the House of Commons variously between 1818 and 1841.

Crawley was the son of Samuel Crawley, of Keysoe, and his wife Eliza Rankin. He was educated at Eton College from 1805 to 1808 and then at Christ Church, Oxford. In 1815, he inherited the estate of Stockbridge from his uncle John.[1]

On 12 February 1817, Crawley was appointed High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, and on 19 June, he married Theodosia Mary (d. 1820), daughter of Robert Vyner, by whom he had one daughter.[1]

In 1818 Crawley was elected Member of Parliament for Honiton, through the influence of a relative,[1] and held the seat until 1826. On 15 July 1822, he married his second wife, Maria Musgrave (granddaughter of Sir Philip Musgrave, 6th Baronet), by whom he had five sons and one daughter.[1] At the 1832 general election Crawley was elected MP for Bedford. In the 1837 election his opponent Henry Stuart was elected, but was unseated on petition in 1838. Crawley was reinstated and held the seat until 1841.[2]

Crawley died at the age of 62 and was buried at Naples.[3]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Richard Howard-Vyse
George Abercrombie Robinson
Member of Parliament for Honiton
1818–1826
With: Peregrine Francis Cust
Succeeded by
John Josiah Guest
Henry Baines Lott
Preceded by
Frederick Polhill
William Henry Whitbread
Member of Parliament for Bedford
1832–1837
With: William Henry Whitbread 1832–1835
Frederick Polhill 1835–1837
Succeeded by
Frederick Polhill
Henry Stuart
Preceded by
Frederick Polhill
Henry Stuart
Member of Parliament for Bedford
1838–1841
With: Frederick Polhill
Succeeded by
Frederick Polhill
Henry Stuart
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Henry Brandreth
High Sheriff of Bedfordshire
1817
Succeeded by
John Pedley