William Lewis (MP)
William Lewis (1625 - 1661) was an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1660.
Lewis was the second son of Sir Edward Lewis, a courtier, and his wife Lady Anne Sackville, daughter of Robert Sackville, 2nd Earl of Dorset and widow of Edward, Lord Beauchamp. His father was of The Van, Glamorgan and Edington Priory, Wiltshire and died in 1630. Lewis matriculated at Jesus College, Oxford on 12 October 1638, aged 14. His mother sent her eldest sons abroad during the English Civil War to prevent their uncles, the Marquess of Hertford and the 4th Earl of Dorset, engaging them in the royalist cause and he travelled in France and Italy between 1642 and 1646. In 1647 he succeeded to the family estates on the death of his elder brother.
Lewis was commissioner for assessment for Oxfordshire from January 1660 and was commissioner of militia fr Oxfordshire in March 1660. He was a J.P. from March 1660 until his death. In 1660, he was elected Member of Parliament for Devizes. He was Deputy Lieutenant from August 1660.
Lewis died at the age of about 35.
Lewis married Margaret Banastre, daughter of Lawrence Banastre of Boarstall, Buckinghamshire on 24 June 1649, and had two sons and two daughters. The marriage enabled him to buy an estate at Bletchington in 1656 for £10,000. His son Edward was MP in 1669. His brother Richard was MP for Westbury.
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With: Robert Aldworth