Thomas Lough
Thomas Lough was a British Liberal
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He was born in Ireland
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 to Matthew Lough and Martha Steel of Cavan
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, and was educated at the Royal School Cavan and at Wesleyan Connexional School, Dublin.

He worked as a tea merchant in London from 1880. He was an unsuccessful Liberal candidate for Truro at the 1886 general election
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 and in 1888 appointed Ramsay MacDonald
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 as a private secretary. Lough was Liberal Member of Parliament
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 (MP) for Islington West
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 from 1892 until 1918. He was Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education
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 from 1905 until 1908.

He was Lord Lieutenant of Cavan
Lord Lieutenant of Cavan
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 from 1907 until his death, and was appointed a Privy Counsellor
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 in 1908. As part of this position, he was Custos Rotulourm for County Cavan


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