Alexander St John

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Sir Alexander St John (d. June 1657) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons variously between 1621 and 1629.

St John was a son of Oliver St John, 3rd Baron St John of Bletso and his wife Dorothy Reid, daughter of Sir John Rede or Reid, of Odington, Gloucestershire.[1] He was admitted fellow commoner at Queens' College, Cambridge on 9 November 1601.[2] He was knighted on 5 August 1608 at Bletsoe together with his brother Anthony.[3]

In 1614 St John was elected Member of Parliament for Bedford and was re-elected in 1621 and 1624. In 1626 and 1628 he was elected MP for Barnstaple. He sat until 1629 when King Charles decided to rule without parliament for eleven years.[4]

St John married Margaret Draynor, the widow of Thomas Draynor and daughter of John Trye, of Hardwick, Gloucestershire. He survived her death in 1656 and caused a white marble monument, adorned with pilasters, entablature, pediment, and two Cupids, to be erected in her memory in the church of St Leonards, Shoreditch.[5] His eldest brother Oliver inherited the Barony and became Earl of Bolingbroke. His brother Beauchamp sat as MP for Bedford after him and his brother Anthony was MP for Wigan.[1]

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Thomas Hawes
Sir Christopher Hatton
Member of Parliament for Bedford
1614–1624
With: Richard Taylor 1621-1624
Succeeded by
Richard Taylor
Sir Beauchamp St John
Preceded by
Pentecost Dodderidge
John Delbridge
Member of Parliament for Barnstaple
1626–1629
With: John Delbridge
Succeeded by
Parliament suspended until 1640