Samuel Moyer

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Samuel Moyer (c.1609–1683) was an English merchant and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1653. He was a strong republican and supporter of the Parliamentary cause in the English Civil War.


Moyer was a merchant in the City of London and a member of the Worshipful Company of Mercers.[1] He was a strong supporter of parliament and the Commonwealth. In 1652 he was a member of Hale Commission which made a fundamental examination of the law and introduced many aspects of the criminal justice system.

Moyer was one of a number of radical puritans who had a house in Clapham Surrey, in his case from 1652-1662.A number of his associates such as Richard Salwey and William Kiffin were there at the same time. [2]

In 1653, Moyer became an Alderman of the City of London for Cheap ward[1] and was then nominated as Member of Parliament for City of London in the Barebones Parliament.[3] In the same year he was Master of the Mercer's Company. He was acting president of the Council of State from 4 October 1653 to 3 November 1653. He was by 1659 chairman of the London Committee for Compounding. On 15 February 1659, he presented a petition to the House of Commons on behalf of the Commonwealth.[4]

In 1661 Moyer was arrested and charged with treason alongside James Harrington and Praise-God Barebone. He was then imprisoned in the Tower of London until his brother Laurence secured his release in 1667.


Moyer was the father of Samuel Moyer who was also a merchant and was created a baronet in 1701 (see Moyer Baronets).[5]


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Isaac Penington
Member of Parliament for City of London
With: Robert Tichborne
John Ireton
John Langley
John Stone
Henry Barton
Praise-God Barebone
Succeeded by
Thomas Adams
Thomas Foote
William Steele
John Langham
Samuel Avery
Andrew Riccard