Thomas Bampfield

b. ?
d. 1693

Title: Speaker of the House of Commons of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland, and the Dominions and Territories thereunto belonging
Term: 16 Mar 1659 - 22 Apr 1659
Chronology: 16 Mar 1659, elected Speaker for the incapacitated Speaker
  15 Apr 1659, elected Speaker by the House of Commons
  22 Apr 1659, House of Commons dissolved by the Lord Protector
Names/titles: Also spelled: Bampfylde

The son of John Bampfield, of Poltimore in Devon, and brother of Sir John, the first baronet. He was recorder of Exeter, and represented that city in Oliver Cromwell's parliaments of 1654 and 1656. In Richard Cromwell's parliament of 1658 he was again returned for Exeter, and on 18 Mar 1659, "Mr. Chute the speaker being so infirm that he could not attend the serving of the house, and Sir Lislebone Long, who was chosen to execute the office for him, being actually dead, the house was obliged to go to another election, when Mr. T. Bampfield was unanimously chosen to succeed him, and Mr. Chute dying soon after, the other continued speaker to the end of the parliament" [1] . His tenure of office was brought to a close by the dissolution of 22 Apr 1659. In the convention parliament of 1660, Bampfield having been returned both for Exeter and Tiverton, chose to sit for his old constituency. He took an active part in the proceedings of this parliament. He opposed the impeachment of Drake for publishing a pamphlet entitled "The Long Parliament revived." On 12 Sep 1660 he moved "that the king should be desired to marry, and that it should be to a protestant." After an interesting debate the motion dropped. Bampfield did not sit in the parliament of the followiong year. [2]

[1] "Dictionary of National Biography," Smith, Elder, London, 1900.
[2] "The Lives of the Speakers of the House of Commons", by James Alexander Manning (London, 1850).
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