Thomas Phinn (1814 – 31 October 1866) was a British barrister and Liberal Party politician.[1] He held various positions in the Admiralty of the United Kingdom (the body governing the Royal Navy) in the mid-nineteenth century.

Born in Bath, Somerset, Phinn was educated at Eton College and Exeter College, Oxford. He read for the bar at the Inner Temple, being called in 1840.[2] He was elected at the 1852 general election as Member of Parliament (MP) for Bath, but held that seat for only three years, until 1855.[3] He was appointed Counsel to the Admiralty and Judge Advocate of the Fleet on 17 April 1854,[4] and continued in that office until appointed Second Secretary to the Admiralty on 22 May 1855,[5] a post which required his resignation from the House of Commons. He resigned from the Admiralty on 7 May 1857, but was re-appointed Counsel and Judge-Advocate on 12 November 1863, and held that post until his death on 31 October 1866, in London.[4][6]


  1. ^ National Portrait Gallery. "Thomas Phinn". Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  2. ^ Boase, F., Modern English biography, 6 vols, 1892–1921
  3. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 37. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.
  4. ^ a b 'Counsel 1673–1870', Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4: Admiralty Officials 1660–1870 (1975), pp. 78.
  5. ^ 'Secretaries 1660–1870', Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4: Admiralty Officials 1660–1870 (1975), pp. 34–37.
  6. ^ "Obituary: Will of the Late Thomas Phinn, Q.C." The Law Journal: A Weekly Publication of Notes of Cases and Legal News. London. 21 December 1866. p. 700. Retrieved 17 April 2018.


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