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THOMAS (c. 1654-1720)

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Originally appearing in Volume V25, Page 769 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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THOMAS (c. 1654-1720), only son of the last named, succeeded his grandfather as 2nd earl of Stamford. He took some part in resisting the arbitrary actions of Charles II., and was arrested in July 1685; then after his release he took up arms on behalf of William of Orange, after whose accession to the throne he was made a. privy councillor and lord-lieutenant of Devonshire. In 1697 he became chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster, and in 1699 president of the board of trade, being dismissed from his office on the accession of Anne in 1702. From 1707 to 1711, however, he was again president of the board of trade. On his death without children on the 31st of January 1720 his titles passed to his cousin HENRY (d. 1739), a grandson of the first earl, from whom the later earls were descended.
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