William Cavendish, 2nd Baron Chesham

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William George Cavendish, 2nd Baron Chesham (29 October 1815 – 26 June 1882) was a British Liberal politician.

A member of the Cavendish family headed by the Duke of Devonshire, Chesham was the son of Charles Compton Cavendish, 1st Baron Chesham and Lady Catherine Susan Gordon, daughter of George Gordon, 9th Marquess of Huntly. In 1847 he was elected Member of Parliament for Peterborough, a seat he held until 1852, and later represented Buckinghamshire from 1857 to 1863, when he succeeded his father in the Barony and took his seat in the House of Lords.

In 1849 Lord Chesham married Henrietta Frances Lascelles, daughter of William Saunders Sebright Lascelles and his wife Lady Caroline Georgiana Howard, daughter of George Howard, 6th Earl of Carlisle. He died in June 1882, aged 66, and was succeeded in the barony by his eldest son Charles Compton William Cavendish. His daughter Katherine Cavendish (1857–1941) married Hugh Grosvenor, 1st Duke of Westminster, as his second wife.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Wentworth Fitzwilliam
John Nicholas Fazakerley
Member of Parliament for Peterborough
18471852
With: George Wentworth Fitzwilliam
Succeeded by
George Wentworth Fitzwilliam
Richard Watson
Preceded by
Caledon Du Pré
Benjamin Disraeli
Charles Compton Cavendish
Member of Parliament for Buckinghamshire
18571863
With: Caledon Du Pré
Benjamin Disraeli
Succeeded by
Caledon Du Pré
Benjamin Disraeli
Robert Bateson Harvey
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Compton Cavendish
Baron Chesham
1863–1882
Succeeded by
Charles Compton William Cavendish