Sir John Rushout, 4th Baronet

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Rt. Hon. Sir John Rushout (Godfrey Kneller, 1716)

Sir John Rushout, 4th Baronet (6 February 1685 – 2 February 1775) was a British politician and long-serving Member of Parliament, eventually serving as Father of the House.

Sir John was the fourth son of Sir James Rushout, 1st Baronet and inherited the baronetcy upon the death of his nephew in 1711. He was educated at Eton, and from 1710 on he was Captain in the Horse Guards for two years. In 1729 he married Lady Anne Compton, the sixth daughter of George Compton, 4th Earl of Northampton in 1729, with whom he had a son and two daughters.

In April 1713, Sir John was elected at a by-election to the House of Commons representing Malmesbury, which seat he held until 1722 when he was returned for both Malmesbury and Evesham. He choose to sit for Evesham, and held that seat until his retirement in 1768. He became Father of the House of Commons in 1762, and was also chosen in the committee of secrecy that inquired into the conduct of Robert Walpole.

Sir John served as Treasurer of the Navy from 1743 to 1744, and was made a Privy Counsellor in 1744. He was expected to be appointed Leader of the House of Commons in the short-lived Bath ministry of 1746, but Bath's attempt to form a government collapsed before Rushout could be offered the position. He retired at the dissolution of 1768.

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Thomas Farrington
Joseph Addison
Member of Parliament for Malmesbury
1713–1722
With: Joseph Addison to 1719
Fleetwood Dormer 1719 –March 1722
Viscount Hillsborough from March 1722
Succeeded by
Giles Earle
John Fermor
Preceded by
John Deacle
John Rudge
Member of Parliament for Evesham
1722–1768
With: John Rudge to 1734
William Taylor 1734–1741
Edward Rudge 1741–1754
John Porter 1754–1756
Edward Rudge 1756–1761
John Rushout from 1761
Succeeded by
George Durant
John Rushout
Preceded by
Phillips Gybbon
Father of the House
1762–1768
Succeeded by
William Aislabie
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
James Rushout
Baronet
(of Milnst)
Succeeded by
John Rushout, 1st Baron Northwick