Edward Harris (Royal Navy officer)

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Admiral The Honourable Sir Edward Alfred John Harris KCB (20 May 1808 – 17 July 1888), was a British naval commander, diplomat and politician.

Background[edit]

Harris was the second son of James Harris, 2nd Earl of Malmesbury, by Harriet Susan, daughter of Francis Bateman Dashwood. James Harris, 3rd Earl of Malmesbury, was his elder brother.[1]

Career[edit]

Harris was an admiral in the Royal Navy.[1] He also sat as Member of Parliament for Christchurch between 1844 and 1852[2] and served as Minister Plenipotentiary to the Swiss Confederation between 1858 and 1867 and as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Netherlands between 1867[3] and 1877. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 1863[4] and a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 1872. He was also a Deputy Lieutenant for Hampshire.[5]

Family[edit]

Harris married Emma, daughter of Captain Samuel Chambers, in 1841. They had several children, including Edward Harris, 4th Earl of Malmesbury. He died in July 1888, aged 80. Lady Harris died in July 1896.[1]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir George Henry Rose
Member of Parliament for Christchurch
1844–1852
Succeeded by
John Edward Walcott
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
George John Robert Gordon
Minister Plenipotentiary to the Swiss Confederation
1858–1867
Succeeded by
John Lumley-Savile
Preceded by
Sir John Huskisson, Bt
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Netherlands
1867–1877
Succeeded by
Hon. William Stuart