Authorised form of nameSmith; William Henry (1825 - 1891)
ForenamesWilliam Henry
Dates1825 - 1891
Dates and placesBirth:
Duke Street, Grosvenor Square, London, England (24 June 1825)
Walmer Castle, Kent (06 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 (1885-1891); 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
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
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
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