Edward Vernon Harcourt

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Edward William Vernon Harcourt (26 June 1825 – 19 December 1891) was an English naturalist and Conservative politician.

Harcourt was born in Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire, the son of the Rev. William Vernon Harcourt who was a scientist, and grandson of Edward Harcourt, Archbishop of York. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford.

Harcourt was a J.P. for Berkshire and Sussex, and a J.P. and Deputy Lieutenant for Oxfordshire and High Sheriff of Oxfordshire in 1875. He was Honorary Colonel of the 3rd Volunteer Brigade, Cinque Ports Division of the Royal Artillery. He was a member of Royal Commission for organizing the Volunteer Force in 1862, and was 15 years President of National Artillery Association.[1]

He was the author of Sketch of Madeira (1851) and Sporting in Algeria (1859).

He inherited Nuneham House and Park in 1871 and had a new Nuneham Courtenay parish church built in 1872-74.[2]

He served as Member of Parliament for Oxfordshire from 1878 to 1885 and for Henley from 1885 to 1886.[3]

Harcourt was married to Lady Susan Harriet Holroyd, daughter of 2nd Earl of Sheffield in 1849. His brother was the politician William Vernon Harcourt.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Cornwallis Cartwright
John Sidney North
J. W. Henley
Member of Parliament for Oxfordshire
With: William Cornwallis Cartwright
John Sidney North
Constituency divided
New constituency Member of Parliament for Henley
Succeeded by
Francis Parker
Honorary titles
Preceded by
High Sheriff of Oxfordshire
Succeeded by