William Oldsworth was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1597 and 1601.
Oldsworth was appointed Recorder of Gloucester in 1587. He was nominated by his predecessor Richard Pate, who may have sold him the office. Luke Garnons was instrumental in blocking the appointment for a while and Oldsworth was not elected to parliament in the following election when Garnons and Thomas Atkyns were elected as the two more populist candidates.
There was continuous political factionalism in Gloucester as the corporation was split between an establishment group which was sympathetic to puritan ideas, and a more populist faction, led by Garnons and John Jones, who had strong links with the cathedral and tried to encourage the freeman vote. In 1597, Garnons and Oldsworth representing opposing factions were elected Members of Parliament for Gloucester and it was alleged that the bench had deliberately excluded from the poll many freemen who supported Atkyns. They held their seats until 1601.
- Early Modern Gloucester (to 1640): City government and politics, A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 4: The City of Gloucester (1988), pp. 84-89. Date accessed: 15 October 2010
- Borough Patrons Essex and Cecil
- Browne WIllis Notitia parliamentaria, or, An history of the counties, cities, and boroughs in England and Wales: ... The whole extracted from mss. and printed evidences 1750
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