William Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Devonshire

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His Grace
The Duke of Devonshire
KG PC
William Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Devonshire by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt.jpg
Lord President of the Council
In office
1716–1717
Monarch George I
Preceded by The Earl of Nottingham
Succeeded by The Earl of Sunderland
In office
1725–1729
Monarch George I
George II
Preceded by The Lord Carleton
Succeeded by The Lord Trevor
Personal details
Born 1672 (2014-07-05UTC04:15:25)
Died 4 June 1729
Nationality British
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) Rachel Russell

William Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Devonshire KG, PC (1672 – 4 June 1729) was a British nobleman and politician, the eldest son of William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Devonshire and Lady Mary Butler. A prominent Whig, he was sworn of the Privy Council in 1707, and served as Lord President of the Council from 1716 to 1717 and 1725 to 1729. He married The Hon. Rachel Russell (1674–1725), daughter of William, Lord Russell on 21 June 1688.

They had five children:

  1. William Cavendish, 3rd Duke of Devonshire (26 September 1698 – 5 December 1755)
  2. Lady Rachel Cavendish (4 October 1699 – 18 June 1780) married Sir William Morgan on 14 May 1723
  3. Lady Elizabeth Cavendish (27 September 1700 – 7 November 1747) married Sir Thomas Lowther, 2nd Baronet
  4. Lord James Cavendish (23 November 1701 – 14 December 1741)
  5. Lord Charles Cavendish (17 March 1704 – 28 April 1783) married Anne Grey on 9 January 1727, father of Henry Cavendish

Sir William also had an illegitimate child:

  1. Henrietta Cavendish (c.1684 – 11 January 1717) married Lionel Tollemache, Lord Huntingtower, son of Lionel Tollemache, 3rd Earl of Dysart and Grace Wilbraham.

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Gilbert Clarke
Henry Gilbert
Member of Parliament for Derbyshire
1695–1701
With: Sir Gilbert Clarke 1695–1698
Thomas Coke 1698–1701
Lord Manners of Haddon 1701
Succeeded by
Thomas Coke
Sir John Curzon, Bt
Preceded by
Robert Walpole
The Earl of Ranelagh
Member of Parliament for Castle Rising
1702
With: Robert Walpole
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Littleton, Bt
Horatio Walpole
Preceded by
The Lord Fairfax of Cameron
The Viscount of Irvine
Member of Parliament for Yorkshire
1702–1707
With: Sir John Kaye, Bt 1702–1707
The Lord Fairfax of Cameron 1707
Succeeded by
The Viscount Downe
Conyers Darcy
Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Manchester
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard
1702–1707
Succeeded by
The Viscount Townshend
Preceded by
The Duke of Devonshire
Lord Steward
1707–1710
Succeeded by
The Duke of Buckingham and Normanby
Preceded by
The Earl Poulett
Lord Steward
1714–1716
Succeeded by
The Duke of Kent
Preceded by
The Earl of Nottingham
Lord President of the Council
1716–1717
Succeeded by
The Earl of Sunderland
Preceded by
The Lord Carleton
Lord President of the Council
1725–1729
Succeeded by
The Lord Trevor
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Duke of Devonshire
Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire
1707–1710
Succeeded by
The Earl of Scarsdale
Preceded by
The Earl of Scarsdale
Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire
1714–1729
Succeeded by
The Duke of Devonshire
Legal offices
Preceded by
The Duke of Devonshire
Justice in Eyre
north of the Trent

1707–1711
Succeeded by
The Duke of Newcastle
Peerage of England
Preceded by
William Cavendish
Duke of Devonshire
1707–1729
Succeeded by
William Cavendish