Thomas Edward Taylor

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The Right Honourable
Thomas Edward Taylor
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Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
In office
14 July 1866 – 7 November 1868
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister The Earl of Derby
Benjamin Disraeli
Preceded by Hon. Henry Brand
Succeeded by Hon. Gerard Noel
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
In office
7 November 1868 – 1 December 1868
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli
Preceded by John Wilson-Patten
Succeeded by The Lord Dufferin and Clandeboye
In office
2 March 1874 – 21 April 1880
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli
Preceded by John Bright
Succeeded by John Bright
Personal details
Born 17 March 1811 (1811-03-17)
Died 3 February 1883 (1883-02-04)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Louisa Tollemache
(d. 1928)

The Rt. Hon. Thomas Edward Taylor (17 March 1811 – 3 February 1883), was a British Conservative Party politician. He served as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in 1868 and between 1874 and 1880 under Benjamin Disraeli.

Background and education[edit]

Taylor was the eldest son of Reverend Edward Taylor, fourth son of Thomas Taylor, 1st Earl of Bective (whose eldest son was created Marquess of Headfort in 1800). His mother was Marianne St Leger, daughter of the Honourable Richard St Leger. One of his two brothers, General Sir Richard Taylor (1819–1904) enjoyed a distinguished career in the British Army.[1] He was educated at Eton.[2]

Military career[edit]

Taylor was commissioned into the 6th Dragoon Guards in 1829. He was promoted Lieutenant in 1831 and Captain in 1838, but retired from the army in 1846.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

In 1841 Taylor was elected Member of Parliament for Dublin County, a seat he would hold for the rest of his life.[1][3] He was an opposition whip from 1855 to 1858,[citation needed] and then served as a Lord of the Treasury (government whip) from 1858 to 1859 in the second administration of the Earl of Derby. When the Conservatives returned to power in 1866, Derby appointed Taylor Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury, a post he held until 1868, the last year under the premiership of Benjamin Disraeli. He then served briefly under Disraeli as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster from November to December 1868.[1][4] The latter year he was also admitted to the Privy Council.[5]

In the 1874 general election Taylor decisively defeated Charles Stewart Parnell,[citation needed] and was once again appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster by Disraeli, which he remained until the Conservatives fell from power in 1880.[1]

Family[edit]

Taylor married Louisa, daughter of Hugh Francis Tollemache, in 1862, at the age of 51. They had five children, three sons and two daughters. Taylor died on 3 February 1883, aged 71. Louisa died in April 1928.[1]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Hampden Evans
Lord Brabazon
Member of Parliament for Dublin County
1841 – 1883
With: James Hans Hamilton 1841–1863
Ion Hamilton 1863–1883
Succeeded by
Ion Hamilton
Edward Robert King-Harman
Political offices
Preceded by
Hon. Henry Brand
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
1866–1868
Succeeded by
Hon. Gerard Noel
Preceded by
John Wilson-Patten
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
1868
Succeeded by
The Lord Dufferin and Clandeboye
Preceded by
John Bright
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
1874–1880
Succeeded by
John Bright