Benjamin Smith (Whig politician)

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Benjamin Leigh Smith (1783–1860)[1] was a British Whig politician who represented the constituencies of Sudbury and Norwich.

He was one of five sons and five daughters of William Smith, the famous MP and abolitionist.[2] He was the father of Barbara Bodichon, who founded Girton College, and the explorer Benjamin Leigh Smith (both illegitimate), and was Florence Nightingale's maternal uncle.


  1. ^ Credland, Arthur G. (1980). "Benjamin Leigh Smith: a forgotten pioneer". Polar Record. Cambridge University Press. 20: 127–145. doi:10.1017/S0032247400003132.
  2. ^ Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir John Walsh
Sir Edward Barnes
Member of Parliament for Sudbury
With: John Bagshaw
Succeeded by
Sir James Hamilton
Sir Edward Barnes
Preceded by
Hon. Robert Scarlett
Marquess of Douro
Member of Parliament for Norwich
With: Marquess of Douro
Succeeded by
Marquess of Douro
Morton Peto