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John Smith, Speaker of the House of Commons

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John Smith, Speaker of the House of Commons.
Portrait c.1707–08 by Godfrey Kneller.
From the Tate (and here).
He is shown holding a scroll inscribed "The Union Act".

John Smith, Speaker of the House of Commons (see here),
the Whig politician, born 1656.
He was educ St. John's College, Oxford; matric 18 May 1672, aged 16.
Admitted to Middle Temple 1674 (or 1675).
First elected an MP in the March 1679 Parliament, for Ludgershall.
Succeeded to his estate of his father 1690 and then to the estate of his uncle Thomas Smith in 1692.
Inherited Tidworth House, South Tidworth.
Chancellor of the Exchequer 1699–1701.
He was the last Speaker of the House of Commons of England 1705–1706.
He was a Commissioner for arranging the Union of England and Scotland which came into effect 1707.
He was the first Speaker of the House of Commons of Great Britain 1707–1708.
Chancellor of the Exchequer 1708–1710.
He died 30 Sept or 2 Oct 1723, age 67 yrs,
buried 4 Oct 1723 in the old church at South Tidworth.
He had issue:

  1. Mary Smith,
    mar before 1723 to Robert Sawyer Herbert.

John Smith in a list of the Speakers of the House of Commons.
From "A View of the House of Commons", published 1749.
See full size. From here.


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