Henry Whitaker

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Henry Whitaker (c 1622 - 6 April 1695) was an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1659 and 1679.

Whitaker was the son of William Whitaker of Shaftesbury and his wife Honor Hooper, daughter of Thomas Hooper of Boveridge. He was admitted at Middle Temple in 1636 and was a student of Gloucester Hall, Oxford in 1637. He was called to the bar in 1645. He succeeded his father in 1646 and purchased an estate at Motcombe, near Shaftesbury, in 1648. He bought further property in the area over the years. From 1653 to 1684 he was Recorder of Shaftesbury. He was commissioner for assessment for Dorset 1657.

In 1659, Whitaker was elected Member of Parliament for Shaftesbury in the Third Protectorate Parliament. He was commissioner for assessment for Dorset from January 1660 to 1680 and J.P. from March 1660 to 1683. In 1661, he was elected MP for Shaftesbury in the Cavalier Parliament. He was commissioner for corporations for Dorset from 1662 to 1663 and commissioner for the foreshore in 1662. In 1662, he became a freeman of Lyme Regis. He was commissioner for recusants for Dorset in 1675. In 1679, he was re-elected MP for Shaftesbury in the First Exclusion Parliament.[1]

Whitaker died at the age of about 72 and was buried at Motcombe.[1]

Whitaker married Mary Mapowder, daughter of Narcissus Mapowder of Holsworthy, Devon and had a son and five daughters.[1]

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Not represented in Second Protectorate Parliament
Member of Parliament for Shaftesbury
1659
With: James Baker
Succeeded by
John Bingham
Preceded by
Thomas Grove
James Baker
Member of Parliament for Shaftesbury
1661–1679
With: John Lowe
Thomas Bennett
Succeeded by
Sir Matthew Andrews
Thomas Bennett