Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 8th Earl of Shaftesbury

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Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 8th Earl of Shaftesbury (27 June 1831 – 13 April 1886), styled Lord Ashley between 1851 and 1885, was a British peer.

Ashley was the son of Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury. He was Member of Parliament for Hull from 1857 to 1859[1] and Cricklade from 1859 to 1865.[2] He was a patron and member of the Society for the Suppression of the Opium Trade.[3]

Lord Shaftesbury married Lady Harriet Chichester (d. 14 April 1898), only daughter (and only surviving child) of George Chichester, 3rd Marquess of Donegall, on 22 August 1857. They had six children:

Lord Shaftesbury committed suicide six months after succeeding to the title.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Digby Seymour
James Clay
Member of Parliament for Hull
18571859
With: James Clay
Succeeded by
Joseph Hoare
James Clay
Preceded by
John Neeld
John Neeld
Member of Parliament for Cricklade
18591865
With: Ambrose Lethbridge Goddard
Succeeded by
Sir Daniel Gooch
Ambrose Lethbridge Goddard
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Anthony Ashley-Cooper
Earl of Shaftesbury
1885–1886
Succeeded by
Anthony Ashley-Cooper