John Cole, 2nd Earl of Enniskillen

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The Earl of Enniskillen
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Born March 23, 1768
Died April 13, 1840
Occupation Politician
Spouse(s) Lady Charlotte Paget

John Willoughby Cole, 2nd Earl of Enniskillen KP (23 March 1768 – 31 March 1840), styled Viscount Cole from 1789 to 1803, was an Irish peer and Member of Parliament.

Cole was the son of William Willoughby Cole, 1st Earl of Enniskillen. In 1790 and in 1798, he was elected for Sligo Borough and Fermanagh. Both times, he chose to sit for the latter and represented the constituency in the Irish House of Commons until the Act of Union in 1801.

After the Union, Cole was subsequently returned to the British House of Commons for Fermanagh, a seat he held until 1803, when he succeeded his father as earl. He was also Lord Lieutenant of County Fermanagh and sat in the House of Lords as an Irish Representative Peer from 1804 to 1840. He was made a Knight of the Order of St Patrick in 1810 and in 1815 he was created Baron Grinstead, of Grinstead in the County of Wiltshire, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom.

Lord Enniskillen married Lady Charlotte Paget, daughter of Henry Paget, 1st Earl of Uxbridge, in 1805. They had five children:

He died in March 1840, aged 72, and was succeeded in his titles by his eldest son William.

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Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Mervyn Archdall
Arthur Cole-Hamilton
Member of Parliament for Fermanagh
1790–1801
With: Mervyn Archdall
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Wynne
Thomas Dawson
Member of Parliament for Sligo Borough
1790
With: Robert Wynne
Succeeded by
Robert Wynne
Owen Wynne
Preceded by
Robert Wynne
Owen Wynne
Member of Parliament for Sligo Borough
1798
With: Robert Wynne
Succeeded by
Robert Wynne
Owen Wynne
Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Fermanagh
1801–1803
With: Mervyn Archdall 1801–1802
Mervyn Archdall 1802–1803
Succeeded by
Mervyn Archdall
Galbraith Lowry Cole
Honorary titles
New title Lord Lieutenant of Fermanagh
1831–1840
Succeeded by
The Earl Erne
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
William Willoughby Cole
Earl of Enniskillen
1803 – 1840
Succeeded by
William Willoughby Cole
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Grinstead
1815 – 1840
Succeeded by
William Willoughby Cole