George Anson (British Army major-general)
|Born||13 October 1797|
|Died||27 May 1857 (aged 59)|
|Commands held||Madras Army
|Awards||Companion of the Order of the Bath|
Anson was the second son of Thomas Anson, 1st Viscount Anson, and his wife Anne Margaret, daughter of Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester of Holkham Hall, Norfolk. Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield was his elder brother. He was educated at Eton College.
He later sat as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Great Yarmouth from 1818 to 1835, for Stoke-upon-Trent from 1836 to 1837, and for Staffordshire South from 1837 to 1853 and served as Storekeeper of the Ordnance under Lord Melbourne from 1835 to 1841 and as Clerk of the Ordnance under Melbourne in 1841 and under Lord John Russell from 1846 to 1852.
He died of cholera, at the age of 59, during his march against the Indian rebels during the of Siege of Delhi in May 1857 and was buried in Kurnaul (now Karnal). The body was later exhumed and taken back to England to be buried in Kensal Green cemetery.
Anson married the Hon. Isabella Elizabeth Annabella, daughter of Cecil Weld-Forester, 1st Baron Forester, in 1830. They had three daughters. Isabella survived her husband by only a year and died in December 1858.
|Wikisource has the text of the 1885–1900 Dictionary of National Biography's article about George Anson.|
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by George Anson