ROGERS, Thomas (1735-93), of The Hill, Amblecote, Staffs.
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Family and Education
bap. 19 Sept. 1735, o. surv. s. of Thomas Rogers, glassmaker, of The Hill, Amblecote by Martha, da. of Richard Knight, the great ironmaster, of Downton Castle, Herefs. m. 27 Mar. 1760, Mary, da. of Daniel Radford of Stoke Newington, 2s. suc. fa. 1775.
Rogers began his career in a Cheapside warehouse business; married his employer’s daughter; became a partner with his father-in-law, and was converted to Presbyterianism by his wife’s family. In about 1766 he became a partner in the banking firm of Welsh and Rogers in Cornhill, and henceforth seems to have concentrated on the banking business.
In 1780 Rogers and a fellow banker, Thomas Hallifax, stood for Coventry on the corporation interest against the Administration supporters, Edward Roe Yeo and Lord Sheffield. A violent contest ended in the closure of the poll by the sheriffs without a return. After a debate in the House of Commons, in which Charles James Fox supported Rogers and Hallifax, a new writ was ordered. Rogers and Hallifax were returned but unseated on petition. There is no record of any vote or speech by Rogers during his three months in Parliament.
He died 1 June 1793.