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Somers, John

Born: 1651 AD
Died: 1716 AD
2.7 (53.85%) 13 votes

1651 – Born at Claines, near Worcester on the 4th of March.

1683 – He was counsel for the sheriffs Pilkington and Shute before the court of King’s Bench, and secured a reputation which continually increased until the trial of the seven bishops, in which he was junior counsel. "Somers rose last.

1689 – Somers was made solicitor-general.

1690 – He was next employed in January as chairman of the select committee of the House of Commons on the Corporation Bill, by which those corporations which had surrendered their charters to the Crown during the last two reigns were restored to their rights; but he refused to associate himself with the violent measures of retaliation which the Whigs on that occasion endeavoured to include in the bill.

1691 – He had to conduct the prosecution of Preston and Asbton, and did so with a moderation and humanity which were in marked contrast to the customs of the former reigns.

1693 – He was soon after appointed attorney general, and in that capacity strongly opposed the bill for the regulation of trials in cases of high treason. On 23rd March, the great seal having meanwhile been in commission,

1695 – William left in May to take command of the army in the Netherlands, Somers was made one of the seven lords-justices to whom the administration of the kingdom during his absence was entrusted; and he was instrumental in bringing about a reconciliation between William and the Princess Anne.

1697 – In April Somers was made Lord Chancellor, and was created a peer by the title of Baron Somers, of Evesham.

1698 – He went to Tunbridge Wells for his health.

1701 – He was impeached by the Commons on account of the part he had taken in the negotiations relating to the Partition Treaty in 1698, and defended himself most ably before the house, answering the charges seriatim.

1702 – He was, however, active in opposing the Occasional Conformity Bil.

1703 – He was President of the Royal Society.

1708 – He was made Lord President of the Council upon the return of the Whigs to power

1716 – Died on the 26th of April.

2.7 (53.85%) 13 votes