KENT, Samuel (c.1683-1759), of Vauxhall, Surr. and Fornham St. Genevieve, Suff.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1734 - 8 Oct. 1759

Family and Education

b. c.1683, 5th s. of Thomas Kent of Christchurch, Southwark, Norway merchant, by Sarah, da. of Daniel Wight of Southwark, distiller. m. Sarah, da. of Richard Dean, skinner, of London, 2s. 1da.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Surr. 1729-30; distiller to the Court 1739; purveyor of Chelsea Hospital 1740.


Kent, a wealthy wholesale malt distiller with interests in the South Sea Company and the Sun Fire Office, was invited to stand for Ipswich in January 1730, but declined.1 He appears to have had no estates in Suffolk until he purchased Fornham St. Genevieve in 1731. He topped the poll in 1734, was successful in 1741 and was returned unopposed in 1747. Kent, wrote Egmont in 1750, ‘always votes dead with the Court and has done so as long as I can remember’.

He died 8 Oct. 1759.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. Suff. Notes from 1729, reprinted from Ipswich Jnl. 24 Jan. 1730, p. 74.