Thomas Foley, 1st Baron Foley (1716–1777)

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Thomas Foley, 1st Baron Foley (8 August 1716 – 18 November 1777) was a British politician.

Foley was the son of Thomas Foley and his wife Hester (née Andrews), and the cousin, namesake and heir of Thomas Foley, 2nd Baron Foley (a title which became extinct on his death in 1766), thus acquiring Witley Court and the extensive Great Witley estate. This included ironworks at Wilden and Shelsley Walsh, which were leased about at the end of his life. The Foley family descended from the prominent ironmaster Thomas Foley.

Foley was elected to the House of Commons for Droitwich in 1741, a constituency he represented until 1746 and again from 1754 to 1768, and then sat for Herefordshire between 1768 and 1776. The latter year the title held by his cousin was revived when Foley was raised to the peerage as Baron Foley, of Kidderminster in the County of Worcester.

Lord Foley married the Hon. Grace (d. 1769), daughter of George Granville, 1st Baron Lansdowne, in 1740. They had seven children:

Foley died in November 1777, aged 61. He was succeeded in the barony by his eldest son, Thomas.

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Thomas Winnington
Edward Foley
Member of Parliament for Droitwich
1741–1747
With: Thomas Winnington 1741–1742
Lord George Bentinck 1742–1747
Francis Winnington 1747
Succeeded by
Francis Winnington
Edwin Sandys
Preceded by
Francis Winnington
Edwin Sandys
Member of Parliament for Droitwich
1754–1768
With: Robert Harley
Succeeded by
Robert Harley
Edward Foley
Preceded by
Velters Cornewall
Thomas Foley
Member of Parliament for Herefordshire
1768–1776
With: Thomas Foley 1768–1774
Sir George Cornewall 1774–1776
Succeeded by
Sir George Cornewall
Thomas Harley
Peerage of Great Britain
New creation Baron Foley
2nd creation
1776–1777
Succeeded by
Thomas Foley