Thomas Law Hodges

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Thomas Law Hodges

Thomas Law Hodges (1776 – 14 May 1857)[1] was an English Liberal Party politician who sat in the House of Commons variously between 1830 and 1852.

Hodges was the son of Thomas Hallet Hodges of Hemsted Park in Kent and his wife Dorothy Cartwright, daughter of William Cartwright of Marnham Hall Nottinghamshire.[2] He was a Deputy Lieutenant for Kent, a J.P. for Kent and Sussex and chairman of the quarter sessions. He was a major in the West Kent Militia.[3]

At the 1830 general election, Hodges was elected as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Kent.[4] He was re-elected in 1831,[4] and held the seat until it was divided under the Great Reform Act in 1832.[1] At the 1832 general election he was elected as an MP for West Kent,[5] holding that seat until 1841, when two Conservative Party candidates were elected unopposed.[6] He was returned for West Kent at a contested election in 1847[6] and held the seat until his defeat at the 1852 general election.[6]

Hodges lived at Hemsted Place, Cranbrook, Kent, and died at the age of 80.

Hodges married Rebecca Twisden, daughter of Sir Roger Twisden, Bt in 1802. His son Thomas Twisden Hodges was also a politician.[3]


  1. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "K" (part 1)
  2. ^ John Burke A genealogical and heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain Volume 2
  3. ^ a b Monumental Inscriptions of Benenden Church and Churchyard, from a book, published in 1889 by Rev Francis Haslewood, Rector of St Matthew's Church, Ipswich
  4. ^ a b Stooks Smith, Henry. (1973) [1844-1850]. Craig, F. W. S. (ed.). The Parliaments of England (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 157. ISBN 0-900178-13-2.
  5. ^ "No. 19009". The London Gazette. 1 January 1833. p. 4.
  6. ^ a b c Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 406. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Philip Honywood
Sir Edward Knatchbull, Bt
Member of Parliament for Kent
With: Sir Edward Knatchbull, Bt to 1831
Thomas Rider from 1831
Constituency divided
New constituency Member of Parliament for West Kent
With: Thomas Rider to 1835
Sir William Geary, Bt 1835–38
Sir Edmund Filmer, Bt 1838–41
Succeeded by
Viscount Marsham
Sir Edmund Filmer, Bt
Preceded by
Thomas Austen
Sir Edmund Filmer, Bt
Member of Parliament for West Kent
With: Sir Edmund Filmer, Bt
Succeeded by
William Masters Smith
Sir Edmund Filmer, Bt