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Sir Thomas Frederick Halsey, 1st Baronet PC (9 December 1839 – 12 February 1927) was an Englishmarker Conservative politician who sat in the House of Commonsmarker from 1874 to 1906.

Halsey came from one of the most prominent families of Hertfordshiremarker, whose seat was at Gaddesden Placemarker, near Hemel Hempsteadmarker. He was the son of Thomas Plumer Halsey and his wife Frederica Johnston, daughter of General F. Johnston. His father was Member of Parliament for Hertfordshire from 1847 until he was drowned with his wife and his younger son in the shipwreck of the steamer Ercolano in the Gulf of Genoamarker on 24 April 1854. Frederick Halsey was at Etonmarker at the time. He progressed from there to Christ Church, Oxfordmarker.

After graduating in 1861, Halsey took up the life of a county notable in Hertfordshire, obtaining a commission in the North Hertfordshire Yeomanry and becoming a Justice of the Peace. He was chaiman of the Gaddesden School Board.

In 1874 Halsey was elected Conservative MP for Hertfordshire and served in the post until 1885, when the constituencies were reorganised under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885. In 1885 he was elected for Watfordmarker. He was also an alderman of Hertfordshire County Council from 1888, and was particularly interested in the Hertfordshire Constabulary. He served as deputy chairman of the St Albansmarker Quarter Sessions from 1889 to 1908. In 1899 he was elected Chairman of the House of Commonsmarker Standing Orders Committee, and for service in this role was appointed to the Privy Council after the accession of King Edward VII on 24 January 1901, entitling him to the style "The Right Honourable". Halsey held his seat until 1906, when he lost to the Liberals.

After his parliamentary defeat he once more devoted himself to county affairs, serving as chairman of the St Albans Quarter Sessions from 1908 to 1918. No decision of his court was ever appealed. He finally retired from the Hertfordshire Yeomanry with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel, having served as second-in-command, and then joined the county Territorial Force association, becoming its chairman. He was an active Freemason, and served as Deputy Grand Master of England and Second Grand Principal of the Supreme Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch from 1903.

He was created a baronet on 22 June 1920, in the 1920 Birthday Honours.

Halsey lived at Gaddesden Place, Hemel Hempstead. He died at the age of 87.

Halsey married Mary Julia Wells in 1865. His fourth son was Admiral Sir Lionel Halsey.

References

  1. Debretts Guide to the House of Commons 1886
  2. Hansard Millbank Systems - Thomas Halsey
  3. London Gazette issue 27272
  4. Obituary, The Times, 14 February 1927
  5. Leigh Rayment's Peerage page


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