STANHOPE, Hon. Sir William (1702-72), of Eythrope, Bucks.
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Family and Education
b. 20 July 1702, 2nd s. of Philip Stanhope, 3rd Earl of Chesterfield; bro. of Hon. Charles, Hon. John and Philip Dormer, Lord Stanhope. m. (1) 27 Apr. 1721, Susanna (d. 7 Oct. 1740), da. of John Rudge of Wheatfield, Oxon., 1da., who m. Welbore Ellis; (2) 29 May 1745, Elizabeth (d. 25 Feb. 1746), da. of Sir Ambrose Crowley, M.P., alderman of London, s.p.; (3) 6 Oct. 1759, Anne Hussey, da. of Francis Blake Delaval, sis. of Francis Blake and John Hussey Delaval, M.P., s.p. K.B. 27 May 1725.
The younger brother of the famous Lord Chesterfield, Stanhope was the favourite of his father, who settled upon him, on his marriage, his Buckinghamshire estates, worth £8,000 a year.1 In January 1727 he stood unsuccessfully for Hertford but was returned unopposed for a government seat at Lostwithiel. At the ensuing general election that year he was returned for Buckinghamshire and Aylesbury, opting to serve for the county, for which he was re-elected in 1734. No votes of his are recorded till 1732, after which, like his brothers, he voted regularly against the Administration. A