Henry Johnson (politician, died 1719)

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Bradenham Manor house

Sir Henry Johnson (13 August 1661[1] – 29 September 1719) of The Gate House, Blackwall, Middlesex; Bradenham, Buckinghamshire; and Toddington, Bedfordshire was a British shipbuilder and a Member of Parliament for 30 years.

He was born the eldest son of Sir Henry Johnson, M.P., of Blackwall and Friston Hall, Suffolk by Mary, the daughter and heiress of William Lord of Melton, Kent. Henry senior was described as "the greatest shipbuilder and shipowner of his day".[2]

Johnson succeeded his father in 1683 and was knighted in March 1685. He served as one of the two members of Parliament for Aldeburgh from 1689 to 1719, his younger brother William, who died in 1718, being the other member for all but a year of that time.

Henry Johnson's first wife, whom he married 20 May 1686, was Anne Smithson, daughter and heiress of London haberdasher Hugh Smithson; they had one daughter. On 11 March 1693, he married Martha Lovelace, soon to become the 8th Baroness Wentworth, daughter and heiress of John Lovelace, 3rd Baron Lovelace. Martha was heiress to some of her father's property in Berkshire; through her grandmother Anne Lovelace (7th Baroness Wentworth; 1623–1697) to Water Eaton in Oxfordshire and Toddington in Bedfordshire and through her maternal grandfather Sir Edmund Pye, 1st Baronet to the Bradenham estate in Buckinghamshire.

Johnson died of gout at Bath on 29 September 1719 and was buried in the Wentworth vault at Toddington. He left his several estates to his granddaughters.

He was succeeded as an MP by Walter Plumer after a by-election.

References[edit]

  1. ^ England & Wales, Christening Index, 1530-1980
  2. ^ "JOHNSON, Sir Henry (c.1661-1719), of Bradenham, Bucks". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
Parliament of England
Preceded by
John Bence
Sir Henry Bedingfield
Member of Parliament for Aldeburgh
1689–1707
With: William Johnson
Succeeded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Parliament of England
Member of Parliament for Aldeburgh
1707–1719
With: William Johnson 1707–1718
Samuel Lowe 1718–1719
Succeeded by
Samuel Lowe
Walter Plumer