LEE, George (?1700-58).
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b. ?1700, 5th s. of Sir Thomas Lee, 2nd Bt., M.P., of Hartwell House, Bucks. by Alice, da. and h. of Thomas Hopkins, London merchant; bro. of John, Sir Thomas, 3rd Bt., and William Lee. educ. Clare, Camb. 1716; Ch. Ch. Oxf. 4 Apr. 1720, aged 19; D.C.L. 1729; M. Temple 1719, Doctors’ Commons 1729. m. 5 June 1742, Judith, da. of Humphry Morice of Werrington Park, Devon, s.p. Kntd. 12 Feb. 1752.
Chairman of the committee of elections and privileges 1741-7; ld. of Admiralty 1742-4; treasurer of the household to the Princess of Wales 1751-7; dean of Arches and judge of the P.C.C. Dec. 1751-8; P.C. 13 Feb. 1752.
Lee, a lawyer like his elder brother William, specialized as a ‘civilian’, rising to be head of his profession. Returned as a Whig for Brackley by the Duke of Bridgwater, with whom the Lees were politically connected in Buckingharnshire, he acted with the Opposition. His election as chairman of the elections committee in December 1741, when he defeated the government candidate by four votes, was the beginning of the end of Walpole’s Government.
In the new Government Lee accepted a seat on the Admiralty board, though the Duke of Bridgwater warned him that if he did so ‘he would never choose him again into Parliament’.1 After the Prince of Wales had tried unsuccessfully to secure a nomination for him at Truro from Lord Falmouth, arrangements were made for Francis Eyles to vacate a seat for him at Devizes. He remained in t