William Lenthall

William Lenthall

Birth
Henley-on-Thames, South Oxfordshire District, Oxfordshire, England
Death Sep 1662 (aged 71)
Bessels Leigh, Vale of White Horse District, Oxfordshire, England
Burial Burford, West Oxfordshire District, Oxfordshire, England
Plot North Transept.
Memorial ID 6531507 · View Source
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British Statesman. Famously served as Speaker of the Long Parliament. As holder of this title, he famously refused to answer to King Charles I, when he came to the House of Commons to arrest the Five Members. Lenthall's reply to the King was "I have neither eyes to see or tongue to speak in this place but as the House is pleased to direct me, whose servant I am." This was the last time a reigning monarch entered the House. A painting depicting this scene hangs in the Central Lobby of the Houses of Parliament.

Bio by: Kieran Smith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Kieran Smith
  • Added: 21 Jun 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6531507
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Lenthall (Jun 1591–Sep 1662), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6531507, citing St John the Baptist Churchyard, Burford, West Oxfordshire District, Oxfordshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .