Thomas Sheppard (MP)

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Thomas Sheppard (1766 – 1 June 1858)[1] was a politician in England.

He was elected at the 1832 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the newly enfranchised borough of Frome in Somerset,[2] standing as a Whig. He was re-elected in 1835 as a Conservative,[2] and held the seat until he stood down from the House of Commons at the 1847 general election.[2]

Writing about the processes of social equalization in the 19th century, George W. E. Russell recorded that Sheppard was the only member of the House of Commons to wear a pigtail after the Reform Act 1832.[3]


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "F"
  2. ^ a b c Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 128. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.
  3. ^ George W. E. Russell, Collections & Recollections (Revised edition, Smith Elder & Co, London, 1899), at page 76.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Frome
Succeeded by
Robert Boyle