CAVENDISH, Lord George Augustus Henry (1754-1834).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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19 Apr. 1775 - 1780
1780 - Dec. 1796
12 Jan. 1797 - 10 Sept. 1831

Family and Education

b. 21 Mar. 1754, 3rd s. of William, 4th Duke of Devonshire, by Charlotte, suo jure Baroness Clifford, da. and h. of Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington.  educ. Hackney; Trinity, Camb. 1770.  m. 27 Feb. 1782, Lady Elizabeth Compton, da. and h. of Charles, 7th Earl of Northampton, 4s. 6da.  cr. Earl of Burlington 10 Sept. 1831.

Offices Held


The Public Ledger wrote of Lord George Augustus Henry in 1779, in a long and eulogistic notice: ‘As a senator ... he is distinguished only for the known sincerity of his intentions’—which seems a fair summary of his career. Only two speeches by him are recorded before 1790: on 15 Mar. 1782 he seconded Rous’s motion of no confidence in North’s Administration; and on 12 Nov. 1783 moved an address of congratulation on the birth of a princess.

He died 4 May 1834.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: John Brooke