Sir William Clay, 1st Baronet
Clay was the son of George Clay, a prominent London merchant and shipowner.
He was elected at the 1832 general election as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Tower Hamlets, and held the seat for 25 years until his defeat at the 1857 general election. He served under Lord Melbourne as Joint Secretary to the Board of Control from 1839 to 1841. On 30 September 1841 he was made a baronet, of Fulwell Lodge in the County of Middlesex.
Clay married Harriet, daughter of Thomas Dickason, of Fulwell Lodge, Middlesex, in 1822. They had several children. Lady Clay died in December 1867. Clay survived her by two years and died in March 1869, aged 77. He was succeeded in the baronetcy by his son, William.
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- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Sir William Clay
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|New constituency||Member of Parliament for Tower Hamlets
1832 – 1857
With: Stephen Lushington 1832–41
Charles Richard Fox 1841–47
George Thompson 1847–52
Charles Salisbury Butler 1852–68
Charles Salisbury Butler
Acton Smee Ayrton
Robert Vernon Smith
|Joint Secretary to the Board of Control
with Lord Seymour 1839–1841
Charles Buller 1841
James Emerson Tennent
Hon. Bingham Baring
|Baronetage of the United Kingdom|
(of Fulwell Lodge)
William Dickason Clay
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