. William Smith, the son of a merchant of Clapham Common, entered the House of Commons
for Sudbury in 1784, and sat almost continuously, for various districts, until 1830.
He was a supporter of Pitt's parliamentary reform effort of April 1785, and was later
a dissenter and an opponent of all religious tests for office, as well as of the slave
trade. Smith married Frances Coape in 1781. Namier and Brooke, House of Commons
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2018.