Matthias Attwood

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Matthias Attwood
Member of Parliament
for Whitehaven
In office
15 December 1832 – 28 August 1847
Preceded byNew constituency
Succeeded byRobert Hildyard
Member of Parliament
for Boroughbridge
In office
2 August 1830 – 3 December 1832
Serving with Charles Wetherell
Preceded byGeorge Mundy
Henry Dawkins
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Member of Parliament
for Callington
In office
12 June 1820 – 31 July 1830
Preceded byEdward Pyndar Lygon
Christopher Robinson
Succeeded byBingham Baring
Alexander Baring
Member of Parliament
for Fowey
In office
24 March 1819 – 11 May 1819
Preceded byGeorge Lucy
Alexander Glynn Campbell
Succeeded byErnest Edgcumbe
Alexander Glynn Campbell
Personal details
Born24 November 1779
Died11 November 1851(1851-11-11) (aged 71)
NationalityBritish
Political partyConservative/Tory
Spouse
Susannah Twells
(m. 1806)
ChildrenMatthias Wolverley Attwood
Parent(s)Matthias Attwood
Ann Adams
RelativesThomas Attwood (brother)

Matthias Attwood (24 November 1779 – 11 November 1851)[1][2][3][4] was a British Conservative and Tory politician, and banker.[5]

Attwood was the second son of ironmaster Matthias Attwood of Hawne House, Halesowen, Worcestershire and Ann née Adams, and the brother of Thomas Attwood. In 1806, he married Susannah, daughter of William Twells of Birmingham.[5] They had at least one son, Matthias Wolverley Attwood, who became Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Greenwich.

He joined the family bank—Spooner, Atwood and Holman—as a partner, and in 1810 and 1811 he became a prominent pamphleteering opponent of the resumption of cash payments, converting publicist William Cobbett, while his brother, Thomas, led the opposition to the orders in council at Birmingham. From 1820, he began to promote and direct numerous public companies.[5]

His campaigning led to Attwood's decision to stand for election to parliament, and he was recommended to the Tory MP for Fowey, George Lucy. While Lucy was not initially convinced, only Attwood was found to be willing to risk the election and shoulder the expense of the canvas. Lucy also believed Atwood would support the government on all matters except resumption, and had no qualms about voting against Catholic relief. At a by-election in 1819, he was successful but, less than two months later, he was unseated in favour of Ernest Edgcumbe without being able to do anything in parliament.[5]

Attwood returned to parliament the next year after succeeding, after an election petition arising from the 1820 election, to take the seat of Callington and held that seat for 10 years. In 1830, he switched his attention to Boroughbridge, where he was elected as one of two members. When this seat was abolished at the 1832 general election, he became MP for Whitehaven, and held that seat for 15 years until 1847, when he did not seek re-election.[6][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rayment, Leigh (11 October 2018). "The House of Commons: Constituencies beginning with "W"". Leigh Rayment's Peerage Page. Archived from the original on 16 November 2018. Retrieved 23 December 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ Rayment, Leigh (25 August 2018). "The House of Commons: Constituencies beginning with "B"". Leigh Rayment's Peerage Page. Archived from the original on 16 November 2018. Retrieved 23 December 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. ^ Rayment, Leigh (8 August 2018). "The House of Commons: Constituencies beginning with "C"". Leigh Rayment's Peerage Page. Archived from the original on 26 November 2018. Retrieved 23 December 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  4. ^ Rayment, Leigh (3 September 2018). "The House of Commons: Constituencies beginning with "F"". Leigh Rayment's Peerage Page. Archived from the original on 19 November 2018. Retrieved 23 December 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  5. ^ a b c d e Taylor, Lawrence (1986). Thorne, R. (ed.). "ATTWOOD, Matthias (1779–1851), of Gracechurch Street, London and Dulwich Hill House, Surr". The History of Parliament. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  6. ^ Craig, F. W. S., ed. (1977). British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885 (1st ed.). London: Macmillan Press. p. 330. ISBN 978-1-349-02349-3.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Fowey
Mar. 1819–May 1819
With: Alexander Glynn Campbell
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Callington
1820–1830
With: Alexander Baring (18261830)
William Thompson (1820–1826)
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Boroughbridge
18301832
With: Charles Wetherell
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Whitehaven
18321847
Succeeded by