Horatio Walpole, 2nd Earl of Orford

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Horatio Walpole, 2nd Earl of Orford (13 or 24 June 1752 – 15 June 1822), styled The Honourable Horatio Walpole between 1757 and 1806 and Lord Walpole between 1806 and 1809, was a British peer and politician.

Background[edit]

Orford was the son of Horatio Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford, son of Horatio Walpole, 1st Baron Walpole of Wolterton, brother of Prime Minister Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford. His mother was Lady Rachel, daughter of William Cavendish, 3rd Duke of Devonshire.[1] He gained the courtesy title Lord Walpole when the earldom of Orford was revived in favour of his father in 1806.

Political career[edit]

Orford was elected Member of Parliament for Wigan in 1780, a seat he held until 1784,[2] and then represented King's Lynn between 1784 and 1809.[3] The latter year he succeeded his father in the earldom and entered the House of Lords.

Family[edit]

Lord Orford was twice married. He married firstly Sophia, daughter of Charles Churchill, in 1781. After her death in 1797 he married secondly Catherine, daughter of Reverend James Tunstall, in 1806. She died in the following year. Lord Orford survived her by 15 years and died in June 1822. He was succeeded in the earldom by his son, Horatio.[4]

References[edit]

Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
George Byng
Henry Simpson Bridgeman
Member of Parliament for Wigan
1780–1784
With: Henry Simpson Bridgeman 1780–1782
John Cotes 1782–1784
Succeeded by
John Cotes
Orlando Bridgeman
Preceded by
Hon. Thomas Walpole
Crisp Molineux
Member of Parliament for King's Lynn
1784–1809
With: Crisp Molineux 1784–1790
Sir Martin ffolkes, Bt 1790–1801
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for King's Lynn
1801–1809
With: Sir Martin ffolkes, Bt
Succeeded by
Sir Martin ffolkes, Bt
Lord Walpole
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Horatio Walpole
Earl of Orford
1809–1822
Succeeded by
Horatio Walpole