George Lee (English politician)

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George Lee

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Member of Parliament (MP) for Brackley
In office
1733–1742
Member of Parliament (MP) for Devizes
In office
1742–1747
Member of Parliament (MP) for Liskeard
In office
1747–1754
Member of Parliament (MP) for Launceston
In office
1754–1758
Personal details
Bornc. 1700
Died(1758-12-18)18 December 1758

Sir George Lee, PC (c. 1700 – 18 December 1758) was an English Whig politician who sat in the House of Commons for 25 years from 1733 to 1758.

Life[edit]

Lee was fifth son of Sir Thomas Lee, 2nd Baronet, who had married Alice Hopkins, daughter and coheiress of Thomas Hopkins, of London. His elder brother was Sir William Lee, the judge. He entered Clare College, Cambridge in 1716, but migrated to Christ Church, Oxford, where he matriculated on 4 April 1720. He took the degrees of B.C.L. in 1724 and D.C.L. in 1729. On 23 October 1729 he was admitted advocate at Doctors' Commons and soon obtained a practice.[1]

Lee was returned as Whig Member of Parliament (MP) for Brackley by the Duke of Bridgwater at a by-election on 25 January 1733. He was returned unopposed at the 1741 British general election but resigned the seat on appointment to office in March 1742 and was the returned as MP for Devizes at a by-election on 23 July 1742. At the 1747 British general election he was returned instead as MP for Liskeard.[2] At the 1754 British general election, he was returned unopposed as MP for Launceston by his brother-in-law, Humphry Morice.[3]

From 1742 to 1744, Lee was a Lord of the Admiralty, and knighted and sworn as a Privy Councillor in 1752.[4] From 1751 to 1757 he was treasurer to Augusta, Princess of Wales.

In 1757, Lee resigned his position as treasurer to the princess dowager in consequence of the rise into favour of Lord Bute, but his defection attracted little notice, as the princess's adherents had for some time slackened in their opposition to the ministry. When the Duke of Newcastle proposed to form an administration, with the exclusion of Pitt from office, Lee reluctantly agreed to be Chancellor of the Exchequer but the duke, almost at once and without the least notice to those who had agreed to join him, abandoned his scheme.

On 18 December, Lee died suddenly at his house in St. James's Square, London, and was buried on 28 December in the family vault underneath the east end of Hartwell Church, Buckinghamshire.[1]

Family[edit]

He married, on 5 June 1742, Judith, the second daughter of Humphry Morice of Werrington, near Launceston, Cornwall, by his wife, a daughter of Thomas Sandys of London. She died on 19 July 1743, aged 33, and was buried on 1 August in the vault of the Lee family in Hartwell Church.

Sir George died without issue, and left all his fortune to his nephew, Sir William Lee, 4th baronet.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Courtney 1892.
  2. ^ "LEE, George (?1700-58)". History of Parliament Online (1715-1754). Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  3. ^ "LEE, Sir George (c.1700-58)". History of Parliament Online (1754-1790). Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  4. ^ List of Privy Councillors

References[edit]

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainCourtney, William Prideaux (1892). "Lee, George (1700–1758)". In Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 32. London: Smith, Elder & Co.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Egerton
Sir Paul Methuen
Member of Parliament for Brackley
with Sir Paul Methuen

1733–1742
Succeeded by
Sewallis Shirley
Sir Paul Methuen
Preceded by
Francis Eyles
John Garth
Member of Parliament for Devizes
with John Garth

1742–1747
Succeeded by
William Willy
John Garth
Preceded by
Richard Eliot
Charles Trelawny
Member of Parliament for Liskeard
with Charles Trelawny

1747–1754
Succeeded by
Edmund Nugent
Philip Stanhope
Preceded by
Humphry Morice
Sir John St Aubyn
Member of Parliament for Launceston
with Humphry Morice

1754–1758
Succeeded by
Humphry Morice
Sir John St Aubyn