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John Somers, 1st Baron Somers

Personal data
Political partyWhig
ReligionChurch of England
Lord President of the Council
In office1708 - 1710
Succeeded byThe Earl of Rochester
Preceded byThe Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery
Lord Chancellor
In office1697 - 1700
Lord Keeper
In office1693 - 1697
Succeeded bySir Nathan Wright

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John Somers, 1st Baron Somers, PC, FRS (4 March 1651 - 26 April 1716) was an English Whig jurist and statesman. Somers first came to national attention in the trial of the Seven Bishops where he was on the their defence counsel. He published tracts on political topics such as the succession to the crown, where he elaborated his Whig principles in support of the Exclusionists. He played a leading part in shaping the Revolution settlement. He was Lord High Chancellor of England under King William III and was a chief architect of the union between England and Scotland achieved in 1707 and the Protestant succession achieved in 1714. He was a leading Whig during the twenty-five years after 1688.


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