Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield

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The Right Honourable

The Earl of Lichfield PCThomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_header_cell_0_0_0

Master of the BuckhoundsThomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_header_cell_0_1_0
MonarchThomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_header_cell_0_2_0 William IVThomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_cell_0_2_1
Prime MinisterThomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_header_cell_0_3_0 The Earl Grey
The Viscount MelbourneThomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_cell_0_3_1
Preceded byThomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_header_cell_0_4_0 The Lord MaryboroughThomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_cell_0_4_1
Succeeded byThomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_header_cell_0_5_0 The Earl of ChesterfieldThomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_cell_0_5_1
Postmaster GeneralThomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_header_cell_0_6_0
MonarchThomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_header_cell_0_7_0 William IV
VictoriaThomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_cell_0_7_1
Prime MinisterThomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_header_cell_0_8_0 The Viscount MelbourneThomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_cell_0_8_1
Preceded byThomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_header_cell_0_9_0 The Marquess ConynghamThomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_cell_0_9_1
Succeeded byThomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_header_cell_0_10_0 Viscount LowtherThomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_cell_0_10_1
Member of Parliament for Great YarmouthThomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_header_cell_0_11_0
Preceded byThomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_header_cell_0_12_0 Edmund Knowles Lacon

William LoftusThomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_cell_0_12_1

Succeeded byThomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_header_cell_0_13_0 Charles Rumbold

Hon. George AnsonThomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_cell_0_13_1

Personal detailsThomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_header_cell_0_14_0
BornThomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_header_cell_0_15_0 20 October 1795 (1795-10-20)Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_cell_0_15_1
DiedThomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_header_cell_0_16_0 18 March 1854 (1854-03-19) (aged 58)Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_cell_0_16_1
NationalityThomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_header_cell_0_17_0 BritishThomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_cell_0_17_1
Political partyThomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_header_cell_0_18_0 WhigThomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_cell_0_18_1
Spouse(s)Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_header_cell_0_19_0 Louisa Philips (d. 1879)Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_cell_0_19_1
Alma materThomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_header_cell_0_20_0 Christ Church, OxfordThomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_cell_0_20_1

Thomas William Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield PC (20 October 1795 – 18 March 1854), previously known as The Viscount Anson from 1818 to 1831, was a British Whig politician from the Anson family. Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_sentence_0

He served under Lord Grey and Lord Melbourne as Master of the Buckhounds between 1830 and 1834 and under Melbourne Postmaster General between 1835 and 1841. Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_sentence_1

His gambling and lavish entertaining got him heavily into debt and he was forced to sell off the entire contents of his Shugborough Hall estate. Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_sentence_2

Early life Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_section_0

Anson was the eldest son of Thomas Anson, 1st Viscount Anson, and his wife Anne Margaret, daughter of Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester. Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_sentence_3

Major-General the Hon. George Anson was his younger brother. Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_sentence_4

He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_sentence_5

Career Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_section_1

Anson was elected to the House of Commons for Great Yarmouth in June 1818, but had to resign the seat already the following month on the death of his father and his succession to viscountcy of Anson. Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_sentence_6

Anson later served under Lord Grey and Lord Melbourne as Master of the Buckhounds from 1830 to 1834 and under Melbourne as Postmaster General from 1835 to 1841. Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_sentence_7

He was admitted to the Privy Council in 1830 and in 1831 he was created Earl of Lichfield, of Lichfield in the County of Stafford, in William IV's coronation honours. Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_sentence_8

Gambling Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_section_2

Anson was also known for his excessive gambling and lavish entertaining at his Shugborough Hall seat. Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_sentence_9

He also purchased the estate at nearby Ranton, Staffordshire, where he built Abbey House and developed the estate into a great sporting centre. Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_sentence_10

However, his extravagant lifestyle and gambling put him and the family into debts of £600,000 and led to Anson's financial collapse in 1842. Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_sentence_11

The entire contents of Shugborough Hall were sold off to pay for the debts. Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_sentence_12

Abbey House at Ranton burned down in 1942. Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_sentence_13

The ivy-covered ruins can still be seen. Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_sentence_14

Personal life Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_section_3

Lord Lichfield married Louisa Catherine, daughter of Nathaniel Philips, in 1819. Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_sentence_15

They had four sons and four daughters. Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_sentence_16

His second son the Honourable Augustus Anson was a soldier who received the Victoria Cross, and his fourth son the Right Reverend the Honourable Adelbert John Robert Anson was a clergyman who served as Bishop of Qu'Apelle in Canada. Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_sentence_17

Together, they were the parents of: Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_sentence_18

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Lord Lichfield died in March 1854, aged 58, and was succeeded in the earldom by his eldest son Thomas. Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_sentence_19

Lady Lichfield died in August 1879. Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_sentence_20

Lord Lichfield is buried at St Michael and All Angels Church in Colwich, a short distance from Shugborough Hall.. Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_sentence_21

See also Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield_section_4

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