Sir Thomas Pelham, 2nd Baronet

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Sir Thomas Pelham, 2nd Baronet (September 1597 – 1654) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons of England variously between 1621 and 1654. He supported the Parliamentarian cause in the English Civil War.

Pelham was the son of Sir Thomas Pelham, 1st Baronet of Halland in Laughton and his wife Mary Walsingham. He was baptised at East Hoathly on 22 September 1597.[1]

Pelham was elected Member of Parliament for East Grinstead in 1621 and held the seat to 1622. In 1624 he was elected M.P. for Sussex in the last parliament of King James I and was re-elected in 1625 in the first parliament of King Charles I.[2] He succeeded to the baronetcy of Laughton, co. Sussex on the death of his father on 2 December 1624.[1]

In April 1640, Pelham was elected Member of Parliament for Sussex in the Short Parliament. He was re-elected in November 1640 for the Long Parliament and sat until he was secluded under Pride's Purge in 1648. In 1654, he was re-elected with his son among others for Sussex in the First Protectorate Parliament.[2]

Pelham died at the age of 57 and was buried at Laughton on 28 August 1654.[1]

Pelham married, firstly, Mary Wilbraham, daughter of Sir Roger Wilbraham. His second wife was Judith Shurley, widow of John Shurley of Lewes and daughter of Sir Robert Honeywood. He married thirdly on 3 June 1640 at Lambeth, London Margaret Vane, daughter of Sir Henry Vane His son John succeeded to the baronetcy.[1]

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Henry Compton
Leonard Dawtry
Member of Parliament for East Grinstead
1621-1622
With: Sir Henry Compton
Succeeded by
Robert Heath
Thomas Caldicot
Preceded by
Henry Cary, Earl of Dorset
Christopher Neville
Member of Parliament for Sussex
1624-1625
With: Algernon Lord Percy
Sir John Shurley
Succeeded by
Sir Walter Covert
Sir Alexander Temple
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Sussex
1640-
With: Anthony Stapley
Succeeded by
Anthony Stapley
William Spence
Nathaniel Studeley
Preceded by
Anthony Stapley
William Spence
Nathaniel Studeley
Member of Parliament for Sussex
1654
With: Herbert Morley
Sir John Pelham, 3rd Baronet
Anthony Stapley
John Stapley
William Hay
Sir John Fagg, 1st Baronet
Francis Lord Dacres
Sir Herbert Springet, 1st Baronet
Succeeded by
Not represented in restored Rump