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Thomas PITT

English Thomas PITT

British merchant involved in trade with India

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on July 05, 1653 in Blandford Forum, Dorset, England
Died: on April 28, 1726


In 1674, Pitt went to India with the British East India Company, however he soon began trading for himself as an 'interloper' in defiance of the East India Company's legal monopoly on Indian trade. Upon his return to England he was fined £400 for his actions, although by that time Pitt was already very wealthy and could easily afford the fine. He then proceeded to buy the manor of Stratford and its surrounding borough Old Sarum. With that acquisition he gained a seat in the House of Commons, as that was a rotten borough. It was a purchase that would have a significant effect on British history, as the seat would pass to Pitt's rather influential descendants. Pitt returned to India, and eventually was hired by the British East India Company.

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