Creevey, Thomas ___ 1768-1838 ___ British ___ politician

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
Thomas Creevey, the son of a merchant sea captain who transported slaves, was born in Liverpool. He studied at Queens' College, Cambridge, and then trained as a lawyer. He married a widow with six children. In 1802, thanks to his uncle, he became a Whig MP in the House of Commons. In 1806, the Prime Minister, Lord Grenville, appointed Creevey as Secretary to the Board of Control, but he lost the job when Grenville resigned the following year. After unsuccessfully fighting against the development of the railways, and supporting Lord Grey and his plans for parliamentary reform, Creevey lost his seat, as a result of those reforms. Grey made him Treasurer of the Ordnance in 1830, and then Lord Melbourne made him treasurer of Greenwich Hospital. From 1818 on, after his wife died, Creevey was a rather poor man, although he remained popular. He is mostly remembered because his writings, including intermittent diary extracts, were published, in 1903, under the title of 'The Creevey Papers'. The book is considered important because of gossipy, almost Pepysian, insights into many of the main characters of the period. However, most of the 'full spice' (as Ponsonby calls it) comes out in Creevey's letters not in the diary extracts, and it seems that much of the diary may not have survived due to deliberate intervention by those who were afeared of its contents.
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1809-1818 ___ political society people

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Northumberland Collections Service

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The Creevey Papers
 

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