SMITH, John (?1727-75), of Combe Hay, nr. Bath, Som.
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Family and Education
b. ?1727, 1st s. of Robert Smith of Foxcote and Stony Littleton, Som. by Mary, da. and h. of Thomas Bennet of Steeple Ashton, Wilts. and Combe Hay, Som. educ. Oriel, Oxf. 31 Oct. 1744, aged 17. m. 23 June 1757, Hon. Anne Tracy, da. of Thomas Charles, 5th Visct. Tracy [I], 1s. suc. fa. 5 Apr. 1755.
Smith, a country gentleman with a seat three miles from Bath, was in 1766 returned by a majority of one vote over his opponent Walter Long. Rockingham, in November 1766, and Newcastle on 2 Mar. 1767 classed him as ‘doubtful’, and his only recorded vote during this Parliament was with Opposition on the land tax, 27 Feb. 1767. In 1768 he was returned unopposed; voted consistently with Opposition; was returned at the head of the poll in 1774; and continued to oppose Administration till his death on 12 Nov. 1775.