Cropley Ashley-Cooper, 6th Earl of Shaftesbury

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Cropley Ashley-Cooper, 6th Earl of Shaftesbury Bt (21 December 1768 – 2 June 1851), styled The Honourable Cropley Ashley-Cooper until 1811, was a British politician. He was the father of the social reformer Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury.

Background[edit]

Shaftesbury was a younger son of Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 4th Earl of Shaftesbury, by his second wife the Hon. Mary, daughter of Jacob Bouverie, 1st Viscount Folkestone. He was educated at Winchester School and Christ Church, Oxford.[1]

Political career[edit]

Shaftesbury was elected Member of Parliament for Dorchester in 1790, a seat he held until 1811.[2] The latter year he succeeded his elder brother in the earldom and entered the House of Lords, in which he served as Chairman of Committees.[3]

Family[edit]

Lord Shaftesbury married Lady Anne, daughter of George Spencer, 4th Duke of Marlborough, in 1796. Their daughter Lady Harriet Anne married Henry Lowry-Corry and was the mother of Montagu Corry, 1st Baron Rowton. Lord Shaftesbury died in June 1851, aged 82, and was succeeded in the earldom by his son, Anthony, the noted social reformer. His other sons were Anthony Henry Ashley-Cooper and Anthony William Ashley. Lady Shaftesbury died in August 1865, aged 91.[4]

Styles of address[edit]

  • 1768–1790: The Honourable Cropley Ashley-Cooper
  • 1790–1811: The Honourable Cropley Ashley-Cooper MP
  • 1811–1851: The Right Honourable The Earl of Shaftesbury

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
George Damer
Thomas Ewer
Member of Parliament for Dorchester
1790
With: Hon. George Damer
Succeeded by
Hon. George Damer
Francis Fane
Preceded by
Hon. George Damer
Francis Fane
Member of Parliament for Dorchester
1791–1801
With: Francis Fane
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for Dorchester
1801–1811
With: Francis Fane 1801–1807
Robert Williams 1807–1811
Succeeded by
Robert Williams
Charles Henry Bouverie
Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph Hunt
Clerk of the Deliveries of the Ordnance
1804–1806
Succeeded by
James Martin Lloyd
Preceded by
James Martin Lloyd
Clerk of the Deliveries of the Ordnance
1807
Succeeded by
Thomas Thoroton
Preceded by
Hon. William Wellesley-Pole
Clerk of the Ordnance
1807–1811
Succeeded by
Robert Plumer Ward
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Anthony Ashley-Cooper
Earl of Shaftesbury
1811–1851
Succeeded by
Anthony Ashley-Cooper