John Smith (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.
He married Anne, daughter of Sir Thomas Strickland, and had two daughters, Mary Smith and Anne Smith, Lady Grant.
Smith was first appointed 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.
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