Sir Matthew Wood, 1st Baronet
Matthew Wood was the son of William Wood, a serge maker from Exeter and Tiverton, and his wife Catherine Cluse (died 1809). He was educated briefly at Blundell's School, before being obliged to help his ailing father. He was apprenticed to his cousin, an Exeter chemist and druggist, but moved to London in 1790 to set himself up in business. On 5 November 1795 he married Maria Page, the daughter of John Page from Woodbridge in Suffolk. They had six children.
He was a member of the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers, a member of the Court of Aldermen of the City of London, Sheriff of the City of London for 1809 and Lord Mayor of London from 1815 to 1817. He was elected unopposed as a Member of Parliament for the City of London at a by-election in June 1817, following the resignation of Harvey Christian Combe MP. He held the seat until his death in 1843.
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- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Sir Matthew Wood
- Portraits of Sir Matthew Wood, 1st Bt at the National Portrait Gallery, London
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