Edmund Waller was an English poet and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1624 and 1679.
Educated at Eton and King’s College, Cambridge, Waller entered Parliament at a young age and was at first an active member of the opposition. In 1631 he married a London heiress who died in 1634.
Later he became a Royalist during the political turmoil of the 1640’s, and in 1643 was leader in a plot to seize London for Charles I. For this he was arrested, but escaped the death penalty by betraying his colleagues and by paying lavish bribes.