Henry Cressett Pelham

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Henry Cresset Pelham (Nathaniel Dance-Holland)

Henry Cressett Pelham (1729?–1803) was a British politician, known as Henry Pelham until 1792.

The third surviving son of Thomas Pelham, he was educated at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and became a fellow of Peterhouse in 1751.[1]

In the same year, he was returned for Bramber as a Government supporter. He was returned for Tiverton instead in the 1754 election, but in 1758, was replaced by Sir Edward Hussey-Montagu after being appointed a Commissioner of Customs. He married Jane, the daughter of Nicholas Hardinge, on 1 September 1767.[2]

Pelham succeeded his brother John in the Catsfield and Crowhurst estates in 1786 and left his Customs post in 1788. He adopted the additional surname of Cressett in 1792 after inheriting from his niece Miss Cressett, and died in early 1803. He was buried at Cound on 8 January 1803.[3]


  1. ^ "Pelham, Henry (PLHN746H)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ Venn appears to have attached certain biographical details for Henry Cressett Pelham to another Henry Pelham, who matriculated at Clare College in 1760; see "Pelham, Henry (PLHN760H)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.  The latter Henry Pelham has not been identified with certainty.
  3. ^ Cound Parish Registers. p. 115. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  • Sedgwick, Romney (1970). The House of Commons 1715-1754. 2. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 332. 
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Henry Gough
Joseph Damer
Member of Parliament for Bramber
With: Joseph Damer
Succeeded by
Viscount Malpas
Nathaniel Newnham
Preceded by
Sir Dudley Ryder
Henry Conyngham
Member of Parliament for Tiverton
With: Sir William Yonge 1754–55
Thomas Ryder 1755–56
Nathaniel Ryder 1756–58
Succeeded by
Nathaniel Ryder
Sir Edward Hussey-Montagu