1609 – 1642
Who was Thomas Smith?
Smith, of Long Ashton in Somerset, was the eldest son of Sir Hugh Smith and his wife Marquess Elizabeth Gorges daughter of Sir Thomas Gorges of Lanford. He was head of wealthy Somerset family, descended from a 16th-century Mayor of Bristol.
In 1628, Smith was elected Member of Parliament for Bridgwater and sat until 1629 when King Charles decided to rule without parliament for eleven years. In April 1640, he was elected MP for Somerset in the Short Parliament. He was elected MP for Bridgwater again in the Long Parliament from February 1641 until August 1642, when he was disabled from sitting for his sympathies. He joined the Marquess of Hertford's royal army, and was serving with that force when he died at Cardiff in October 1642.
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