SMITH, Joshua (1732-1819), of Erlestoke, nr. Devizes, Wilts.
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Family and Education
b. 1732, 1st s. of John Smith, Lambeth merchant, by Mary, da. of Griffin Ransome of Lambeth. m. Aug. 1766, Sarah, da. of Nathaniel Gilbert, a judge and member of the legislative council, Antigua, 4da., the 1st, Maria, m. 1787, Charles, Lord Compton.1 suc. fa. 1787.
Director, E. I. Co. 1771-3.
Smith was a shipowner and proprietor of East India stock; and appears in the London trade directory of 1791 as a timber merchant.2 In 1784 he unsuccessfully contested Penryn on the anti-Basset interest, and as a supporter of Pitt.3 He was returned unopposed at Devizes in 1788; and voted with Pitt over the Regency. There is no record of his having spoken in the House before 1790.
Smith died 20 Mar. 1819.