George Lee (English politician)

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Sir
George Lee
PC
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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
Born c. 1700
Died 18 December 1758(1758-12-18)

Sir George Lee, PC (c. 1700 – 18 December 1758) was a politician in the Parliament of Great Britain.

Life[edit]

He was fifth son of Sir Thomas Lee, 2nd Baronet, who married Alice, daughter and coheiress of Thomas Hopkins, of London; Sir William Lee, the judge, was his elder brother. He entered Clare College, Cambridge, but migrated to Christ Church, Oxford, where he matriculated on 4 April 1720, and 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 Member of Parliament (MP) for Brackley 1733–1742,[2] for Devizes 1742–1747,[3] for Liskeard 1747–1754,[4] and for Launceston 1754–1758.[5]

From 1742 to 1744, Lee was a Lord of the Admiralty, and he was knighted and sworn as a Privy Councilor in 1752.[6] From 1751 to 1757, he was treasurer to Augusta, Princess of Wales.

In 1757, Lee resigned his place of 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 in 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, 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]

References[edit]

Attribution

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

External links[edit]

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