Thomas Walton Mellor

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Thomas Walton Mellor (3 October 1814 – 17 February 1902) was a British cotton manufacturer and Conservative politician.

Thomas was the third son of Thomas Mellor of Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, and his wife Mary Walton of Stalybridge, Cheshire he was christened on 30 October 1814 at the parish church of St Michael Ashton-under-Lyne. He became a major "cotton master" in Ashton, and led the opposition to the costs of the town obtaining a charter of incorporation as a municipal borough in 1847.[1] He was a magistrate for the borough of Ashton and the counties palatine of Chester and Lancaster.[2]

In 1868 Mellor was elected as member of parliament for Ashton-under-Lyne, describing himself as "a Conservative with Liberal tendencies".[2] He stood down from parliament in 1880.

Mellor died at Ashton-under-Lyne 17 February 1902.[3]

He married Jane Leigh of Compsall Bridge in 1849 and they had a son, John Edward.[2]


Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs [self-published source][better source needed]

  1. ^ Anthony Howe, The Cotton Masters 1830–1860, Oxford, 1984
  2. ^ a b c Our New Members of Parliament, The Times, 5 December 1868, p.7
  3. ^ "Obituary". The Times (36694). London. 18 February 1902. p. 10. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Milner Gibson
Member of Parliament for Ashton-under-Lyne
Succeeded by
Hugh Mason