William Towerson

William Towerson (died c. 1630) was an English merchant and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1621 and 1629.

Towerson was a member of the Worshipful Company of Skinners. He was the first Deputy-Governor of the Irish Society from 1610 to 1613. He was on the Committee of the East India Company from 1619 to 1622, until retiring after the execution of his brother Gabriel in the Amboyna Massacre.[1]

In 1621, he was elected Member of Parliament for City of London. He was elected MP for Portsmouth in 1628 and sat until 1628 when King Charles decided to rule without parliament for eleven years.[2]

Towerson died between 7 May 1630 when he made his will and 16 January 1631 when it was proved.[2]


  1. "TOWERSON, William I (c. 1563–1630), of Fenchurch Street, London". Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  2. 1 2 "Aldermen in Parliament for other constituencies". British History Online. The Aldermen of the City of London: Temp. Henry III – 1912. pp. 261–297. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Nicholas Fuller
Sir Henry Montague
Robert Myddelton
Sir Thomas Lowe
Member of Parliament for City of London
With: Robert Heath
Robert Bateman
Sir Thomas Lowe
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Middleton
Heneage Finch
Robert Bateman
Martin Bond
Preceded by
Sir James Fullerton
Thomas Whatman
Member of Parliament for Portsmouth
With: Owen Jennens
Succeeded by
Parliament suspended until 1640
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