STANHOPE, William, Visct. Petersham (1719-1779).
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Family and Education
b. 18 Dec. 1719, 1st s. of William, 1st Earl of Harrington, by Anne, da. and h. of Col. Edward Griffith, clerk comptroller of the Board of Green Cloth. educ. ?Eton 1732. m. 11 Aug. 1746, Lady Caroline Fitzroy, da. of Charles, 2nd Duke of Grafton, 2s. 5da. suc. fa. as 2nd Earl of Harrington 8 Dec. 1756.
Ensign 10 Ft. 1738; capt. 14 Ft. 1739; lt.-col. 3 Ft. Gds. 1741; 3 col. 2 Troop Horse Grenadier Gds. 1745; maj.-gen. 1755; lt.-gen. 1758; gen. 1770.
Returned for Aylesbury on the interest of Sir William Stanhope and for Bury St. Edmunds by the Duke of Grafton, Petersham supported Administration but took little part in politics, and was known chiefly for his libertinism.
He died 1 Apr. 1779.