Samuel Hall-Thompson

Lt-Col. Samuel Hall-Thompson (1885 – 26 October 1954) was a Unionist politician from Northern Ireland.

Hall-Thompson was born at Crawfordsburn in Ulster. He studied at Dulwich College, England. His father, Rt. Hon. Robert Thompson, DL, was also an MP. Samuel went into business and, in 1929, served as High Sheriff of Belfast.[1]

At the Northern Ireland general election, 1929, Hall-Thompson was elected as the Ulster Unionist Party Member of Parliament for Belfast Clifton. In 1939, he was appointed Chief Ordnance Officer for Northern Ireland, and from 1944 until 1950 he served as Minister of Education. This position carried with it membership of the Privy Council of Northern Ireland.[1] Hall-Thompson suffered criticism from some Unionists for appearing to compromise with the Roman Catholic Church while in this position.[2] He was not a member of the Orange Order.[3]

In 1950, Hall-Thompson was appointed Chairman of Ways and Means Committee and Deputy Speaker of the Northern Ireland House of Commons.[1] At the 1953 general election, he was defeated by Norman Porter, an independent Unionist who had been an outspoken and stern critic.[2]

Samuel's son, Lloyd Hall-Thompson, later became an MP in Northern Ireland.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Samuel Hall-Thompson". Biographies of Members of the Northern Ireland House of Commons. Retrieved 6 September 2010.
  2. 1 2 Northern Ireland Parliamentary Election Results: Boroughs: Belfast
  3. Graham Walker, A History of the Ulster Unionist Party: Protest, Pragmatism and Pessimism
Parliament of Northern Ireland
Preceded by
New position
Member of Parliament for Belfast Clifton
Succeeded by
Norman Porter
Political offices
Preceded by
Julia McMordie
High Sheriff of Belfast
Succeeded by
James McKinney
Preceded by
Robert Corkey
Minister of Education
Succeeded by
Harry Midgley
Preceded by
Robert Nichol Wilson
Chairman of Ways and Means and Deputy Speaker of the Northern Ireland House of Commons
Succeeded by
Terence O'Neill
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