Thomas Gresham (died 1630)

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For his great-uncle of the same name, see Thomas Gresham.

Sir Thomas Gresham (c. 1547 – 1630) was an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1604 and 1622.

Gresham was the eldest son of William Gresham (1512–1579) and his wife Beatrice Guybon. Gresham was the grandson of Sir John Gresham, who was Lord Mayor in 1547.[1]

On his father's death in 1579 Gresham inherited estates in and around Surrey, including Titsey Place. He was knighted in the Royal Gardens of Whitehall before the coronation of King James I on 23 July 1603.[2] Shortly after, he was involved in a legal dispute with his sister alleging slander in connection with his inheritance of Titsey.[3] In 1604 he was elected Member of Parliament for Gatton. He was re-elected as one of the members for Gatton in 1614 and 1621.[4]

Gresham married Mary Leonard (ca. 1549–1620), the daughter of John Leonard (1506–1590), and their son and heir was Sir Edward Gresham.[5]

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Matthew Browne
Richard Sondes
Member of Parliament for Gatton
1604-1622
With: Sir Nicholas Saunders 1604-1611
Sir John Brooke 1614
Sir Thomas Bludder 1621-1622
Succeeded by
Sir Edmund Bowyer
Samuel Owfield