George Byng (1764–1847)

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George Byng DL JP (17 May 1764 – 10 January 1847), of Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire, was a British Whig politician.

Background[edit]

Byng was the son of George Byng, son of the Hon. Robert Byng, third son of Admiral George Byng, 1st Viscount Torrington.[1][2] His mother was Anne, daughter of William Conolly, while John Byng, 1st Earl of Strafford, was his younger brother.[2] He was educated at Göttingen University from 1780[3] and a scholar of Georg Christoph Lichtenberg there.

Political career[edit]

Byng was returned to Parliament for Middlesex in 1790, a seat he held until his death 57 years later.[4] During his early years he was an associate of Charles James Fox.[5] Between 1832 and 1847 he was Father of the House of Commons. He was offered a peerage in order to increase the Whig majority in the House of Lords prior to the 1832 Reform Act, but refused.[5] He was also a Deputy Lieutenant and Justice of the Peace for Middlesex.[6]

Marriage[edit]

Byng married Harriet Montgomery. They had no children.[5] He died in January 1847, aged 82.

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
John Wilkes
William Mainwaring
Member of Parliament for Middlesex
1790–1801
With: William Mainwaring
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for Middlesex
1801–1847
With: William Mainwaring 1801–1802
Sir Francis Burdett, Bt 1802–1804, 1805–1806
George Boulton Mainwaring 1804–1805, 1806
William Mellish 1806–1820
Samuel Charles Whitbread 1820–1830
Joseph Hume 1830–1837
Thomas Wood 1837–1847
Succeeded by
Thomas Wood
Lord Robert Grosvenor
Preceded by
Samuel Smith
Father of the House of Commons
1832–1847
Succeeded by
Charles Watkin Williams-Wynn