||Thomas Hanmer was a member of aristocracy in the British Isles.|
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Sir Thomas Hanmer, 4th Bt. was born on 24 September 1677.
He was the son of William Hanmer and Peregrine North.
He married, secondly, Elizabeth Folkes, daughter of Thomas Folkes.
He married Isabella Bennet, Countess of Arlington, daughter of Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington and Isabella de Nassau, on 14 October 1698.
He died on 5 May 1746 at age 68, without issue.
Sir THOMAS HANMER ( 1677 - 1746 ), 4th bart. , speaker, diplomat, and littérateur , friend of Harley and Prior , who was educated at Westminster and Christ Church and sat in Parliament (variously for Flintshire and its borough, Thetford , and Suffolk ) between 1701 and 1727 . He was a Hanoverian Tory , supporting the Occasional Conformity Bill , opposing the trade clauses of the draft Treaty of Utrecht , gaining the favour of Louis XIV on a mission to Paris but resisting the blandishments of the duke of Berwick on behalf of the Old Pretender , and helping to secure the Hanoverian succession. He became Speaker in 1714 , and on the death of Anne was hastily summoned from service at Hanmer church to preside over the critical session that followed. Losing the speakership to a Whig in George I 's first parliament, he was Tory spokesman in debates on the repeal of the Triennial Act , foreign policy, and standing armies ( 1716 ), and spoke ‘angelically’ (according to Prior ) when Sunderland was attacked on the South Sea Bubble in 1721 . After his speakership he lived entirely on his Norfolk estate, devoting himself after 1727 to the production of his great edition of Shakespeare . Details of his career are given in D.N.B. His death without children carried the succession to the great-grandchildren of William Hanmer of Fens ( 1622 - 1669 )
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