George Pitt, 2nd Baron Rivers

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George Pitt, 2nd Baron Rivers (1751–1828) was a British politician.

He was the only son of George Pitt, 1st Baron Rivers and his wife Penelope, daughter of Sir Henry Atkins, 4th baronet of Clapham, Surrey. He succeeded his father as Member of Parliament for Dorset in 1774, retaining the seat until 1790. In 1803, he succeeded his father as Baron Rivers. He was a Lord of the Bedchamber from 1804 to 1819.

He sold part of the family estates, those around Stratfield Saye House to the nation in about 1814, so that it could be given to Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. On his death in 1828, one of his baronies (Baron Rivers of Stratfieldsaye) became extinct, but the other passed (like his remaining estates) to his brother-in-law William Beckford, who thereupon took the surname Pitt-Rivers.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Burke's Peerage (1939), s.v. Rivers
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
George Pitt
Humphry Sturt
Member of Parliament for Dorset
with
Humphry Sturt 1774-1784
Francis John Brown 1784-1790
Succeeded by
William Morton Pitt
Francis John Brown
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
George Pitt
Baron Rivers (of Stratfieldsaye)
1803-1828
Extinct
Baron Rivers (of Sudeley Castle)
1803-1828
Succeeded by
William Pitt-Rivers