George Smith (1765–1836)

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George Smith (30 April 1765 – 26 December 1836) was a British Member of Parliament, banker and director of the East India Company.

He was the fifth son of Abel Smith, a wealthy Nottingham banker and Member of Parliament. Four of his brothers were also Members of Parliament and one, Robert, was raised to the peerage as Baron Carrington. A portion of the family wealth was devoted to buying control of two pocket boroughs, Wendover and Midhurst, and Carrington kept the seats here almost exclusively for use by various members of the Smith family until his power was ended by the Great Reform Act.

Smith entered Parliament in 1791 as member for Lostwithiel, and also represented Midhurst and Wendover in a parliamentary career spread over forty years.

Family and legacy[edit]

Smith lived at Selsdon in Surrey. He married Frances Mary Mosley (c. 1770, d. 5 July 1844), daughter of Sir John Parker Mosley, 1st Baronet and they had 9 sons and 6 daughters: George Robert MP (of Selsdon Park) (1793–1869) m. Jane Maberly (1800–1879, the daughter of John Maberly), Oswald (1794–1863) m. Henrietta Mildred Hodgson (1805–1891) (leaving at her death 111 direct surviving descendents), John Henry (of Purley Bury) (1795–1887), Thomas Charles (1797–1876), Edward Peploe (1803–1847) m.1 Henrietta Bailey m.2 Harriet Chester, Arthur (1804–1831), Edmund (1809–1873) m. Hester Lushington (1816–1888), Mosley (1810–1869), Alfred (of Kingswood) (1815–1886) m. Mary Wigram (1821–1869), Frances Mary (1796–1867) m. the Venerable Robert Mosley Master, Georgina Elizabeth (1801–1828) m. Rev Edward Sorocold, Emily (1806–1879) m. Rev Charles Mayne, Catherine (1807–1870) m. Edward Wigram, Sophia Sarah (1812–1883) m. Rev William Wigram, Augusta Mary (1816–1888) m. Rev Lewis Deedes.

His memorial in All Saints Church, Sanderstead, states:

GEORGE SMITH ESQUIRE

OF SELSDON BROTHER OF ROBERT, LORD CARRINGTON FOR NEARLY FORTY YEARS A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT AND A DIRECTOR OF THE EAST INDIA COMPANY BORN APRIL XXX MDCCLXV DIED DECEMBER XXVI MDCCCXXXVI IN HIM UNUSUAL MEEKNESS AND SIMPLICITY WERE UNITED WITH UNCOMPROMISING PRINCIPLES OF JUSTICE AND HONOR THE PURITY OF HIS CHARACTER BOTH IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LIFE WAS UNIVERSALLY ACKNOWLEDGED AND RESPECTED AND HIS BENEVOLENCE WAS FELT BY ALL AROUND HIM HIS WIDOW AND THIRTEEN SURVIVING SONS AND DAUGHTERS WHO INSCRIBE THIS MONUMENT TO HIS MEMORY ARE CONSOLED BY THE RECOLLECTION OF HIS PIETY HIS HOPE AND TRUST IN GOD AND HIS CONSTANT ENDEAVOR TO DISCHARGE THE DUTIES OF HIS STATION AS A SERVANT OF CHRIST. KEEP INNOCENCY AND TAKE HEED UNTO THE THING THAT IS RIGHT: FOR THAT SHALL BRING A MAN PEACE AT THE LAST.

Smith was a great-great-grandfather of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Viscount Valletort
Reginald Pole-Carew
Member of Parliament for Lostwithiel
1791 – 1796
With: Reginald Pole-Carew
Succeeded by
Hans Sloane
William Drummond
Preceded by
Charles Long
Sylvester Douglas
Member of Parliament for Midhurst
1800 – 1801
With: Charles Long
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for Midhurst
1801 – 1806
With: Charles Long 1801-1802
Samuel Smith 1802
Edmund Turnor 1802-1806
Succeeded by
John Smith
William Wickham
Preceded by
John Smith
Charles Long
Member of Parliament for Wendover
1806 – 1830
With: Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl Stanhope 1806-1807
Francis Horner 1807-1812
Abel Smith 1812-1818
Robert John Smith 1818-1820
Samuel Smith 1820-1830
Succeeded by
Samuel Smith
Abel Smith
Preceded by
John Smith
Abel Smith
Member of Parliament for Midhurst
1830 – 1831
With: John Abel Smith
Succeeded by
George Robert Smith
Martin Tucker Smith