LEWEN, Sir William (c.1657-1722), of Ewell, Surr.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1708 - 1710
7 Mar. 1711 - 1722

Family and Education

b. c.1657, 2nd s. of Robert Lewen of Wimborne Minster, Dorset, and yr. bro. of George Lewen, merchant and mayor of Poole. m. 30 July 1685, Susannah, da. of Richard Taylor of Turnham Green, Mdx., s.p. Kntd. 17 Dec. 1712.

Offices Held

Alderman of London 1708, sheriff 1712-13, ld. mayor 1717-18; master, Haberdashers’ Co. 1709-10; col. Blue regt. 1711-14.


Sir William Lewen, a London merchant, who was first returned for Poole during his brother’s mayoralty, represented the borough in four Parliaments. A Hanoverian Tory under Queen Anne, he voted against the Government in all recorded divisions of the 1715 Parliament. He died 16 Mar. 1722, making his nephew George Lewen his heir.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: R. S. Lea