Sir William Curtis, 1st Baronet

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Sir William Curtis (25 January 1752 – 18 January 1829)[1] was born in Wapping, London, the son of a sea biscuit manufacturer.

A lifelong Tory, he was elected as a Member of Parliament for the City of London at the 1790 general election.[2] He held the seat continuously for 28 years until his defeat at the 1818 general election.[3] He was returned to the Commons in February 1819 at a by-election for Bletchingley,[4][5] and at the 1820 general election he was returned again for the City of London.[1][3] He did not contest London again at the 1826 election,[3] when he was returned for Hastings.[6][7] He resigned that seat later the same year.[7]

He was also Alderman of the city, becoming Sheriff of London in 1788 and Lord Mayor in 1795–96. He was created a Baronet of Cullonds Grove in 1802.[8]

The definition of the three Rs as "reading, writing, and 'rithmetic" is attributed to him from a speech made at a Board of education dinner.[9][10]

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  1. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 13213. p. 397. 26 June 1790. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  3. ^ a b c Stooks Smith, Henry. (1973) [1844-1850]. Craig, F. W. S., ed. The Parliaments of England (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. pp. 210–211. ISBN 0-900178-13-2. 
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 17450. p. 307. 16 February 1819. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  5. ^ Stooks Smith, page 545
  6. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  7. ^ a b Stooks Smith, page 338
  8. ^ The London Gazette: no. 15536. p. 1253. 27 November 1802.
  9. ^ Biography Retrieved 8 February
  10. ^ The Mirror of Literature Amusement and Instruction, Volume 5 by John Timbs, J. Limbird, 1825, p 85

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