John Bent (politician)

John Bent (c. 1775 – 6 October 1848), of Weaton House, Devon and Oathall, Lindfield, Sussex was an English Tory politician.

He was a Member (MP) for Sligo Borough from 1818 to 1820, and for Totnes from 1820 to 1826.[1]

Alongside significant investments in property, Bent was also involved in the slave trade.[2] He was heavily involved in the scandal of the Arigna Iron and Coal Mining Company towards the end of his parliamentary career.


  1. "BENT, John (?1775-1848), of Weaton House, Devon and Oathall, Lindfield, Suss. | History of Parliament Online". Retrieved 2014-06-19.
  2. "John Bent: Profile & Legacies Summary". Legacies of British Slave-ownership. UCL Department of History. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Brent Spencer
Member of Parliament for Sligo Borough
1818 1820
Succeeded by
Owen Wynne
Preceded by
Thomas Courtenay
William Holmes
Member of Parliament for Totnes
1820 1826
With: Thomas Courtenay
Succeeded by
Thomas Courtenay
The Earl of Darlington

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