BENNETT, Richard Henry Alexander (?1742-1814), of North Court, Shorwell, I.o.W.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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12 Feb. 1770 - 1774

Family and Education

b. ?1742, o.s. of Bennett Alexander Bennett by Mary, da. of Benjamin Ash of Ongar, Essex. She m. (2) Richard Bull. educ. Westminster, June 1752, aged 9. m. 20 Jan. 1766, Elizabeth Amelia, da. of Peter Burrell II, sis. of Sir Peter Burrell, 2nd Bt., 1s. 2da.

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Bennett was introduced to Humphry Morice, patron of Newport, by his stepfather, Richard Bull, who represented the borough 1756-80. In Parliament Bennett spoke on the Government side in the dispute with the Lords, 13 Dec. 1770; was classed as ‘pro, present’ in both Robinson’s surveys on the royal marriage bill, March 1772; and appears in the King’s lists on the naval captains, 9 Feb. 1773, and Grenville’s Election Act, 25 Feb. 1774, as a friend voting in opposition. In 1774 Robinson classed him as ‘pro’. He did not stand at the general election.

Bennett died 14 Mar. 1814.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Mary M. Drummond