John Harris (courtier)

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John Harris (c. 1690 - 5 October 1767)[1] was a British courtier and politician.

He was a Member of Parliament for Helston from 1727 and then sat for Ashburton from 1741 to 1767.[1][2] From 1741 he also held the post of Master of the Household to George II and III.[3][4]

Harris was the second son of William Harris. His elder brother, Christopher Harris, was MP for Okehampton.[5]


Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Walter Carey
Member of Parliament for Helston
1727 – 1741
With: John Evelyn
Succeeded by
Thomas Walker
Preceded by
Thomas Bladen
Joseph Taylor
Member of Parliament for Ashburton
1741 – 1767
With: John Arscott 1741–1754
Viscount Midleton 1754–1761
Thomas Walpole from 1761
Succeeded by
Robert Palk
Thomas Walpole
Court offices
Preceded by
George Treby
Master of the Household
Succeeded by
Henry Carteret