John Smith (Chancellor of the Exchequer)

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John Smith.

John Smith (1655/6 – 1723) was an English politician, twice serving as Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Smith's father was also called John Smith and he had a sister called Anne, who became Lady Dashwood. He was educated St John's College, Oxford, was at the Middle Temple and was first elected a Member of Parliament in 1678. He was a moderate Whig.

Smith was first appointed as a Lord of the Treasury in 1694 and as Chancellor on 2 June 1699, serving until 27 March 1701. He was Speaker of the House of Commons from 1705 until 1708, returning as Chancellor from 22 April 1708 until 11 August 1710. He was the last Speaker of the House of Commons of England and held this post at the time of the Acts of Union 1707, going on to serve until 1708 as the first Speaker of the new House of Commons of Great Britain.

He married Anne, daughter of Sir Thomas Strickland, and had four sons and three daughters, including Mary Smith and Anne Smith, Lady Grant.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Montagu
Chancellor of the Exchequer of England
1699–1701
Succeeded by
Hon. Henry Boyle
Preceded by
Robert Harley
Speaker of the House of Commons of England
1705–1706
Succeeded by
last incumbent
Preceded by
first incumbent
Speaker of the House of Commons of Great Britain
1707–1708
Succeeded by
Richard Onslow
Preceded by
Hon. Henry Boyle
Chancellor of the Exchequer of Great Britain
1708–1710
Succeeded by
Robert Harley
Preceded by
James Vernon
Teller of the Exchequer
1710–1712
Succeeded by
The Lord Mansel
Preceded by
The Lord Mansel
Teller of the Exchequer
1710–1712
Vacant
Title next held by
George Treby
Parliament of England
Preceded by
William Ashburnham
George Legge
Member of Parliament for Ludgershall
1679
With: Thomas Neale
Succeeded by
Thomas Neale
John Garrard
Preceded by
Henry Clerke
Thomas Neale
Member of Parliament for Ludgershall
1689–1690
With: John Deane
Succeeded by
John Deane
Thomas Neale
Preceded by
Sir Francis Drake
John Swinfen
Member of Parliament for Bere Alston
1691–1695
With: John Swinfen 1691–1694
Sir Henry Hobart 1694–1695
Succeeded by
John Elwill
Sir Henry Hobart
Preceded by
Francis Powlett
John Pollen
Member of Parliament for Andover
1695–1707
With: Sir Robert Smyth 1695–1698
Anthony Henley 1698–1701
Francis Shepheard 1701–1707
Succeeded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Parliament of England
Member of Parliament for Andover
1707–1713
With: Francis Shepheard 1707–1708
William Guidott 1708–1713
Succeeded by
William Guidott
Sir Ambrose Crowley
Preceded by
Sir Charles Hedges
Edward Jennings
Member of Parliament for East Looe
1715–1724
With: Sir James Bateman 1715–1718
Horatio Walpole 1718–1722
William Lowndes 1722-1724
Succeeded by
Viscount Malpas
William Lowndes