Abel Smith (1788 - 1859)

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Birthplace: Branston, Lincolnshire, UK
Death: Died
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About Abel Smith

(SOURCE: Wikipedia) Abel Smith (17 July 1788-23 February 1859) was a longtime British Member of Parliament.

He was the eighth child but eldest son of Samuel Smith, also a Member of Parliament, and nephew of Robert Smith, 1st Baron Carrington.

The family had grown wealthy through banking in Nottingham.

Abel Smith entered Parliament in 1810 as member for Malmesbury, and subsequently also represented Wendover and Midhurst, [both pocket boroughs controlled by his uncle Lord Carrington] sitting in the Commons for 20 of the last 22 years before the Great Reform Act.

He and his father were Wendover's last MPs, as they sat together as its members for the last two years before the borough's abolition.[1]

Three years after the Reform Act, he was elected as MP for Hertfordshire, and served another twelve years.

He was High Sheriff of Hertfordshire in 1849.

Smith married Frances Anne Calvert, the daughter of General Sir Harry Calvert.[2] Children: Mary, Elizabeth Frances, Adelaide, Lucy, Sophia, Caroline, Abel (also became MP for Hertfordshire), Robert, Phillip and Albert.

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Abel Smith, of Woodhall Park's Timeline

1788
July 17, 1788
Branston, Lincolnshire, UK
1822
August 28, 1822
Age 34
1826
July 12, 1826
Age 37
1827
August 15, 1827
Age 39
1829
December 30, 1829
Age 41
London, England
1831
1831
Age 42
1833
April 24, 1833
Age 44
1835
1835
Age 46
1835
Age 46
1837
January 10, 1837
Age 48