Clement Tudway

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Clement Tudway (1734–1815) was a British lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons for 54 years from 1761 to 1815, being Father of the House from 1806.

Tudway was the eldest son of Charles Tudway and his wife Hannah. He matriculated at Oriel College, Oxford in 1751. In 1752 he entered Middle Temple 1752 and was called to the bar in 1759.[1] He married Elizabeth Hill, daughter of Sir Rowland Hill, 1st Baronet on 7 June 1762. In 1770, he succeeded his father. He became recorder of Wells and was Mayor of Wells ten times.[2]

Tudway was returned unopposed as Member of Parliament for Wells on his father's interest at the 1761 general election. At the 1768 general election there was a contest at Wells, but he topped the poll because his father could command enough votes. He was also returned as MP for Midhurst as a Government candidate at the 1774 general election but decided to sit for Wells where he was returned unopposed.[2] By 1806 he was the longest standing MP in the House, but by this time his absences though ill-health were becoming frequent.[3]

Tudway died while still an MP on 7 July 1815. He and his wife Elizabeth had no children.[2]


  1. ^ Foster, Joseph (1888–1892). "Tudway, Clement (1)" . Alumni Oxonienses: the Members of the University of Oxford, 1715–1886. Oxford: Parker and Co – via Wikisource.
  2. ^ a b c "TUDWAY, Clement (1734-1815), of Wells, Som". History of Parliament Online (1754-1790). Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  3. ^ "TUDWAY, Clement (1734-1815), of Wells, Som. and 1 Devonshire Place, Mdx". History of Parliament Online (1790-1820). Retrieved 28 November 2017.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Charles Tudway
Robert Digby
Member of Parliament for Wells
With: Lord Digby 1761–65
Peter Taylor 1765
Robert Child 1766–82
John Curtis 1782–84
William Thomas Beckford 1784–90
Henry Berkeley Portman 1790–96
Charles Taylor from 1790
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for Wells
With: Charles Taylor
Succeeded by
John Paine Tudway
Charles Taylor
Preceded by
Sir Philip Stephens, 1st Baronet
Father of the House
Succeeded by
Sir John Aubrey, 6th Baronet