Authorised form of nameSmith; William Henry (1825 - 1891)
Dates1825 - 1891
Place of birthDuke Street, Grosvenor Square, London, England
Date of birth24 June 1825
Place of deathWalmer Castle, Kent
Date of death06 October 1891
Entered his father's business (1841); partner (1846); secured a railway bookstall monopoly and initiated a circulating library; Chief Secretary in Ireland (1866); MP for Westminster (1868-1885); Secretary of the Treasury (1874-1877); First Lord of the Admiralty (1877-1880); Privy Councillor (1877); MP for the Strand division (1881-1891); Secretary of State for War (1885-1887); First Lord of the Treasury and Leader of the House of Commons (1887-1891); Constable of Dover Castle; Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election14/02/1878
RelationshipsSon of William Henry Smith, founder of W H Smith and Son, and his wife Mary Anne Cooper; married (13 April 1858) Emily, daughter of Frederick Dawes Danvers
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
Vanity Fair 09 March 1872, 12 November 1887
Royal Society codeNA6515
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
MM/19/105Letter from William Henry Smith to Royal Society29 December 1852
NLB/2/331Copy letter from Michael Foster, to the Right Honorable William Henry Smith, First Lord of the Treasury28 April 1888
EC/1878/02Smith, William Henry: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MC/11/182Letter from W H [William Henry] Smith, House of Commons, to Walter White, [Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society]12 March 1878
MC/10/300Letter from W H [William Henry] Smith, Treasury Chambers, to [Joseph Dalton Hooker], President of the Royal Society]10 November 1875
MC/11Volume 11 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1877-1879
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