Sir Ralph Assheton, 2nd Baronet, of Lever

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Sir Ralph Assheton, 2nd Baronet, of Lever (ca. 1605 – 30 January 1680) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1625 and 1680.

Assheton was the son of Sir Ralph Ashton, 1st Baronet of Lever, Lancashire and his wife Dorothy Bellingham, daughter of Sir James Bellingham of Levens, Westmorland.[1] He matriculated from Magdalene College, Cambridge at Easter 1623. He was admitted at Gray's Inn on 7 May 1624.[2] He was elected Member of Parliament for Clitheroe in 1625 and was re-elected in 1626.[1]

He was appointed Sheriff of Lancashire for 1633. In April 1640, Assheton was elected MP for Clitheroe in the Short Parliament. He was re-elected in November 1640 as MP for Clitheroe in the Long Parliament. He succeeded his father to the baronetcy on 18 October 1644.[1]

In 1660 Assheton was re-elected MP for Clitheroe for the Convention Parliament and again in 1661 for the Cavalier Parliament but was unseated on petition in February 1662. He was re-elected MP for Clitheroe in 1679 a year before his death.[1]

Assheton died at the age of 75. He built the vault beneath the Assheton chapel at St Leonard's Church, Downham and endowed a sermon on the resurrection to be preached an annually on the anniversary of his death.[3] He married twice;firstly Lady Dorothy Tufton, the daughter of Nicholas Tufton, 1st Earl of Thanet and secondly Elizabeth, the daughter of Sir Sapcotes Harrington of Rand, Lincolnshire with whom he had one son, who died before him. He was succeeded by his brother Edmund. [1]

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
William Fanshawe
Ralph Whitfield
Member of Parliament for Clitheroe
1625-1626
With: William Fanshawe 1625
William Kirke
Succeeded by
Thomas Jermyn
William Newell
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Clitheroe
1640-1653
With: Richard Shuttleworth
Succeeded by
Not represented in Barebones Parliament
Preceded by
Not represented
Member of Parliament for Clitheroe
1659-1662
With: William White 1660
William Hulton 1660
John Heath 1660-1662
Succeeded by
John Heath
Ambrose Pudsay
Preceded by
John Heath
Sir Thomas Stringer
Member of Parliament for Clitheroe
1679-1680
With: Sir Thomas Stringer
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Stringer
Henry Marsden