. 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