Matthew Norris (Royal Navy officer)

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Matthew Norris (1705–1738) was a Royal Navy officer and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1733 to 1734.

Norris was baptized on 12 July 1705, the 15th son of Admiral Sir John Norris and his wife Elizabeth Aylmer, daughter of Admiral Matthew Aylmer. He joined the Royal Navy and became Captain in 1724.[1]

Norris was returned unopposed as Member of Parliament for Rye at a by-election on 21 January 1733 in succession to his brother John Norris who had taken up an official post in the Customs. At the 1734 British general election he was replaced as MP for Rye by his father.[1]

Norris was appointed to the New York station, where by 1734, he married Euphemia Morris, daughter of Lewis Morris senior of Morrisania, New York. His father-in-law was a member of the New York assembly and governor of New Jersey. Norris became a freeman of New York on account of his marriage and also because he vigorously opposed a bill in favour of the sugar colonies . In 1737 he became Commissioner of the Navy at a salary of £500 per annum.[1]

Norris died without issue on 27 December 1738.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "NORRIS, Matthew (1705-38)". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Phillips Gybbon
John Norris
Member of Parliament for Rye
1733–1734
With: Phillips Gybbon
Succeeded by
Phillips Gybbon
Admiral Sir John Norris