Thomas Henry Lister

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Thomas Lister
Born Thomas Henry Lister
1800 (1800)
Died 5 June 1842(1842-06-05) (aged 41–42)
London, England
Occupation Registrar General
Nationality British
Genre Novelist
Notable works
  • Granby (1826)
  • Herbert Lacy (1828)
  • Arlington (1832)
  • Life of Clarendon (1838)
Spouse Lady Maria Theresa Villiers
(m. 1830)
Children
  • Thomas Villiers Lister (b. 1832)
  • Maria Theresa Villiers Lister
  • Alice Beatrice Lister
Relatives
  • Thomas Lister (father)
  • Harriet Anne Seale (mother)
  • Adelaide Lister (half-sister)

Thomas Henry Lister (1800 – 5 June 1842) was an English novelist and biographer, and served as Registrar General in the British civil service. He was an early exponent of the silver fork novel as a genre and also presaged "futuristic" writing in one of his stories.

Life and writings

Lister was the son of Thomas Lister of Armitage Park, Staffordshire, and his first wife Harriet Anne Seale. His maternal grandfather was John Seale. His paternal half-sister Adelaide Lister was first married to their second cousin, Thomas Lister, 2nd Baron Ribblesdale, and then to John Russell, 1st Earl Russell. Lister was educated at Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge.[1]

His several novels include Granby (1826), Herbert Lacy (1828), and Arlington (1832). Granby, an early example of the silver fork novel, was favourably reviewed by Sydney Smith in the Edinburgh Review.[2] He also wrote a Life of Clarendon. His 1830 story entitled "A Dialogue for the Year 2130" might be described as an early example of science fiction or "futuristic" writing, of the kind later popularized by Jules Verne and H. G. Wells. Published in The Keepsake, a literary annual, it looks forward to a world in which gentlemen go hunting on machines and shoot horses, while a certain Lady D. owns a troublesome automatic letter-writer and is served by a "steam-porter", which opens doors.

In 1836 he was appointed the first Registrar General for England and Wales heading a new General Register Office. He set up the system of civil registration of births, deaths and marriages and organized the 1841 UK Census.[3]

Personal matters

On 6 November 1830, Lister married Lady Maria Theresa Villiers,[4] daughter of George Villiers[5] and Theresa Parker,[6] both of noble families. They had three children:

Thomas Henry Lister died of tuberculosis in 1842, while living at Adelphi Terrace, London.

References

  1. "Lister, Thomas Henry (LSTR819TH)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Hawes, Donald (2004). "Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/16768.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)  (subscription may be required or content may be available in libraries)
  3. "The Registrars General 1836-1945: Thomas Henry Lister, 1st Registrar General 1836-1842" (PDF). statistics.gov.uk. Office for National Statistics. 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 March 2005. Retrieved 26 October 2005.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Lady Maria Theresa Villiers". thepeerage.com. The Peerage. Retrieved 11 August 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Hon. George Villiers". thepeerage.com. The Peerage. Retrieved 11 August 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Hon. Theresa Parker". thepeerage.com. The Peerage. Retrieved 11 August 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Sir Thomas Villiers Lister". findagrave.com. Find a Grave. Retrieved 11 August 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Sir Thomas Villiers Lister". thepeerage.com. The Peerage. Retrieved 11 August 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Maria Theresa Lister". thepeerage.com. The Peerage. Retrieved 11 August 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Alice Beatrice Lister". thepeerage.com. The Peerage. Retrieved 11 August 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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