Robert Waithman

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Robert Waithman

Robert Waithman (1764 – 6 February 1833), Lord Mayor of London, was born at Wrexham, to John Waithman, a joiner at the Bersham Ironworks, and Mary (née Roberts).

After being employed for some time in a London linen draper's, he opened, about 1786, a draper's shop of his own, and made a considerable fortune. On 14 July 1787 he married Mary Davis, his cousin.[1] In 1818 he was returned to Parliament, as a liberal, for the City of London. He lost his seat at the election of 1820, but regained it in 1826, and retained it till his death, taking part vigorously in the parliamentary debates, and strenuously supporting reform.

In 1820 he was appointed Sheriff of the City of London and in 1823 elected Lord Mayor of London. Waithman died in London on 6 February 1833. An obelisk erected by his friends in Ludgate Circus, London, adjoining the site of his first shop, commemorated his memory. The obelisk has since been moved and is now situated in Salisbury Square.

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  1. ^ "The National Library of Wales :: Dictionary of Welsh Biography". yba.llgc.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-04-13. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
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Sir William Curtis, Bt
Sir James Shaw, Bt
John Atkins
Sir Matthew Wood, Bt
Member of Parliament for the City of London
18181820
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Sir Matthew Wood, Bt
John Thomas Thorp
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Sir William Curtis, Bt
Thomas Wilson
George Bridges
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William Ward 1826–31
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Lord Mayor of London
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