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. William Smith, the son of a merchant of Clapham Common, entered the House of Commons
Sudbury in 1784, and sat almost continuously, for various districts, until 1830. He
supporter of Pitt's parliamentary reform effort of April 1785, and was later a dissenter
an opponent of all religious tests for office, as well as of the slave trade. Smith
Frances Coape in 1781. Namier and Brooke, House of Commons