James West (antiquary)

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James West

James West PRS (2 May 1703 – 2 July 1772) was a British politician and antiquary, who served as President of the Royal Society between 1768 and 1772.


West was educated at Balliol College, Oxford. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1726, and acted as the society's treasurer from 1736 to 1768. He served as President of the Royal Society from 1768 until his death in 1772.

He was elected as MP for St Albans at the 1741 general election. In 1768 he became the member for Boroughbridge, Yorkshire which he served until 1772. West served twice as junior Secretary to the Treasury and twice as senior Secretary to the Treasury.


James West the younger (1742-1795) was the only son of West and his wife, Sarah Steavens (died 1799).


Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Aston, 4th Baronet
Thomas Ashby
Member of Parliament for St Albans
with Thomas Ashby 1741–1743
Hans Stanley 1743–1747
Sir Peter Thompson 1747–1754
Viscount Grimston 1754–1761
Earl Harcourt 1761–1768

Succeeded by
Sir Richard Sutton, 1st Baronet
John Radcliffe
Preceded by
Sir Cecil Bisshopp, 6th Baronet
James West the younger
Member of Parliament for Boroughbridge
with Nathaniel Cholmley

Succeeded by
Nathaniel Cholmley
Henry Clinton