John Pym


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John Pym (1584 – 8 December 1643) was an English parliamentarian, leader of the Long Parliament and a prominent critic of James I and then Charles I.

Pym was born in Brymore, Cannington, Somerset, into minor nobility. His father died when he was very young and his mother re-married, to Sir Anthony Rous. Pym was educated in law at Broadgates Hall (now Pembroke College, Oxford) in 1599 ... more »

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  • ''A Parliament is that to the Commonwealth which the soul is to the body.... It behoves us therefore to keep the facility of that soul from distemper.''
    John Pym (1584-1643), British parliamentarian leader. Speech, April 17, 1640, to the House of Commons.
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