Lord Charles Spencer

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The Right Honourable
Lord Charles Spencer
PC
Joint Postmaster General
with The Lord Auckland (1801–1804)
and The Duke of Montrose (1804–1806)
In office
1801–1806
Monarch George III
Prime Minister Henry Addington
Hon. William Pitt the Younger
Preceded by The Lord Auckland
Earl Gower
Succeeded by The Earl of Carysfort
The Earl of Buckinghamshire
Master of the Mint
In office
1806–1806
Monarch George III
Prime Minister Hon. William Pitt the Younger
Preceded by The Earl Bathurst
Succeeded by Charles Bathurst
Personal details
Born 31 March 1740 (1740-03-31)
Died 16 June 1820 (1820-06-17)
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Hon. Mary Beauclerk
(1743-1812)

Lord Charles Spencer PC (31 March 1740 – 16 June 1820) was a British politician and courtier from the Spencer family.

Background[edit]

Spencer was the second son of Charles Spencer, 3rd Duke of Marlborough, and the Hon. Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Trevor, 2nd Baron Trevor. George Spencer, 4th Duke of Marlborough, was his elder brother.[1]

Political career[edit]

Spencer sat as Member of Parliament for Oxfordshire from 1761 to 1790 and 1796 to 1801[2] and was sworn of the Privy Council in 1763.[3] He served as Comptroller of the Household from 1763 to 1765, as a Junior Lord of the Admiralty from 1768 to 1779 and as Treasurer of the Chamber from 1779 to 1782, when that sinecure post was abolished. He was later Postmaster General from 1801 to 1806 and Master of the Mint in 1806. From 1808 until his death he was a Lord of the Bedchamber to George III.[citation needed]

Family[edit]

Portrait of Lady Charles Spencer by Sir Joshua Reynolds

Spencer married Mary Beauclerk (4 December 1743 – 13 January 1812), daughter of Vere Beauclerk, 1st Baron Vere and sister of Aubrey Beauclerk, 5th Duke of St Albans, on 2 October 1762. They had three sons.[1][4]

  • Robert Spencer (circa 1764 – 1831)
  • John Spencer (21 December 1767 – 17 December 1831)
  • William Robert Spencer (9 January 1769 – 23 October 1834)

Lady Charles Spencer died in January 1812 aged 68. Spencer survived her by eight years and died in June 1820, aged 80.[1]

References[edit]

  • John Cannon, "Spencer, Charles, third duke of Marlborough (1706–1758)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, (Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, Oct 2007)[1], accessed 18 August 2008.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Viscount Parker
Sir Edward Turner, Bt
Member of Parliament for Oxfordshire
with Sir James Dashwood, Bt 1761–1768
The Viscount Wenman 1768–1790

1761–1790
Succeeded by
The Marquess of Blandford
The Viscount Wenman
Preceded by
The Marquess of Blandford
The Viscount Wenman
Member of Parliament for Oxfordshire
with John Fane

1796–1801
Succeeded by
Lord Francis Spencer
John Fane
Political offices
Preceded by
George Onslow
Out-Ranger of Windsor Forest
1763
Succeeded by
Benjamin Bathurst
Surveyor of Gardens and Waters
1763
Succeeded by
John Marshe Dickinson
Preceded by
Humphry Morice
Comptroller of the Household
1763–1765
Succeeded by
Thomas Pelham
Preceded by
George Rice
Treasurer of the Chamber
1779–1782
Office abolished
Preceded by
The Lord Auckland
Earl Gower
Postmaster General
1801–1806
with The Lord Auckland 1801–1804
The Duke of Montrose 1804-1806
Succeeded by
The Earl of Carysfort
The Earl of Buckinghamshire
Preceded by
The Earl Bathurst
Master of the Mint
1806
Succeeded by
Charles Bathurst