Abel Smith (1829–1898)

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Smith in 1895.

Abel Smith JP (30 December 1829 – 30 May 1898) was an English landowner of the Smith banking family and Conservative politician.

Smith was the son of Abel Smith and his wife Frances Anne Calvert. His father was MP for various constituencies, and his mother was the daughter of General Sir Harry Calvert.[1]

Smith was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Hertfordshire in 1854 but lost the seat in 1857. His father died in 1859 and he inherited the 11,000-acre (45 km2) estate of Woodhall Park, Hertfordshire and various other properties.[2] He was re-elected for Hertfordshire in 1859 and lost the seat again in 1865. In 1866 he was elected for Hertfordshire again, holding the seat until the constituency was abolished in 1885. In 1885 he was elected MP for Hertford, and held the seat until his death. Smith was also lord of the manor of Rennesley[3] and Justice of the Peace.

Smith married Lady Susan Emma Pelham, daughter Henry Thomas Pelham, 3rd Earl of Chichester on 7 April 1853. Their son Abel Henry Smith was subsequently MP for Hertford.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Plumer Halsey
Sir Henry Meux
Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Member of Parliament for Hertfordshire
1854–1857
With: Sir Henry Meux
Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Succeeded by
Christopher William Puller
Sir Henry Meux
Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Preceded by
Christopher William Puller
Sir Henry Meux
Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Member of Parliament for Hertfordshire
18591865
With: Christopher William Puller 1859–1864
Henry Edward Surtees 1864–1865
Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton 1859–1865
Succeeded by
Henry Edward Surtees
Henry Cowper
Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Preceded by
Henry Edward Surtees
Henry Cowper
Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Member of Parliament for Hertfordshire
1866–1885
With: Henry Edward Surtees 1866–1868
Henry Brand 1868–1874
Thomas Frederick Halsey 1874–1885
Henry Cowper 1866–1885
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Arthur James Balfour
Member of Parliament for Hertford
1885–1898
Succeeded by
Evelyn Cecil