Richard Wharton (Secretary to the Treasury)

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Richard Wharton (c. 1765 – 21 Oct. 1828[1]) was a British barrister and politician.

Wharton studied an Pembroke College, Cambridge and became barrister of the Inner Temple in 1789. He successfully stood as a Tory for the constituency of Durham in 1802, but his election was voided in February 1804, "his payment of the travelling expenses of the non-resident freemen having been construed as bribery."[1] He was elected again in 1806, and held the seat until 1820.

Wharton was appointed Chairman of Ways and Means in January 1808, and Secretary to the Treasury in December 1809, a post he held until January 1814.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1810.[2]

Samuel Egerton Brydges described Wharton as a man "of quick talents, much literature, and most pleasing manners, hospitable and open; a man of the world, of a handsome person and benevolent expression."[1]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Michael Angelo Taylor
Ralph John Lambton
Member of Parliament for City of Durham
1802 – 1804
With: Ralph John Lambton
Succeeded by
Robert Eden Duncombe Shafto
Ralph John Lambton
Preceded by
Robert Eden Duncombe Shafto
Ralph John Lambton
Member of Parliament for City of Durham
18061820
With: Ralph John Lambton to 1813
George Allan 1813–18
Michael Angelo Taylor from 1818
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Hardinge
Michael Angelo Taylor