Henry Beaufoy

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Henry Beaufoy (November 1750 – 17 May 1795)[1] was a British MP.

He was the son of a Quaker wine merchant and educated at the academies at Hoxton and Warrington before studying at Edinburgh University in the early 1770s. He was a founder of Hackney College.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in February 1782.[2]

He was returned as Member of Parliament (MP) for Minehead (1783–1784) and Great Yarmouth from 1784 [3] until his death.[4] As a Dissenter, he was a staunch advocate of the repeal of the Test and Corporation Acts, which limited the civil rights of non-members of the Church of England.

He was Secretary to the Board of Control and tried for high treason in 1794. He was buried in St Mary's, Ealing. He had married Elizabeth Jenks in 1778.


  • Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1885). "Beaufoy, Henry" . Dictionary of National Biography. 4. London: Smith, Elder & Co.

Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs

Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Francis Fownes-Luttrell
John Fownes Luttrell
Member of Parliament for Minehead
With: John Fownes Luttrell
Succeeded by
Charles Phipps
John Fownes Luttrell
Preceded by
Richard Walpole
Charles Townshend
Member of Parliament for Great Yarmouth
With: Sir John Jervis to 1790
Charles Townshend from 1790
Succeeded by
Stephens Howe
Charles Townshend