Thomas Matthew

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Thomas Matthew was an English merchant and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1640.

Matthew was a merchant of Barnstaple and became a burgess of the town. In April 1640, he was elected Member of Parliament for Barnstaple in the Short Parliament.[1] He stood again for the Long parliament later in the year and was initially returned by the burgesses. However the mayor disagreed with the choice and called for another election in which Richard Ferris was returned instead. Matthew submitted a petition alleging that the mayor had used questionable methods including locking in the burgesses, and had intimidated them. Matthew's petition was rejected.[2]

In 1650 Matthew was Mayor of Barnstaple. He was mayor again in 1667.[3]


  1. ^ Willis, Browne (1750). Notitia Parliamentaria, Part II: A Series or Lists of the Representatives in the several Parliaments held from the Reformation 1541, to the Restoration 1660 ... London. pp. onepage&q&f&#61, false 229–239.
  2. ^ Joseph Besly Gribble Memorials of Barnstaple page 346 (Appendix B)
  3. ^ Joseph Besly Gribble Memorials of Barnstaple page 203
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Barnstaple
With: George Peard
Succeeded by
George Peard
Richard Ferris