STEPHENS, Philip (1723-1809), of Fulham, Mdx. and Horsford, Norf.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1 Dec. 1759 - 1768
1768 - 1806

Family and Education

b. 11 Oct. 1723, 3rd s. of Rev. Nathaniel Stephens, rector of Alphamstone, Essex by Ellis, da. of Philip Deane of Harwich.  educ. Harwich. unm.  suc. bro. 1768; cr. Bt. Mar. 1795.

Offices Held

Asst. sec. in victualling office; 2nd sec. to Admiralty 1759-63; sec. to Admiralty 1763-95; ld. of Admiralty 1795-1806.


Stephens began his career as clerk in the victualling office where his elder brother was a commissioner. He was promoted to assistant secretary, and then became secretary to Lord Anson. In 1759 he was appointed second secretary to the Admiralty, and at Anson’s request was returned by Edward Eliot for Liskeard. In 1768 Stephens was returned for Sandwich on the Admiralty interest, and naturally supported each successive Administration. There is no record of his having spoken in the House during his 46 years as a Member.

His long service at the Admiralty was rewarded in 1795 with a baronetcy and a seat at the Admiralty Board; and in 1806, on leaving Parliament, he was given a pension of £1,500 a year.

He died 20 Nov. 1809.

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Author: Mary M. Drummond