Richard Ford (MP)

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Richard Ford (1758 – 3 May 1806)[1] was an English politician who sat in the house of Commons from 1789 to 1791.

Ford was elected as a Member of Parliament (MP) for the borough of East Grinstead in Sussex at an unopposed by-election[2] in February 1789.[1] He held that seat until the general election in 1790,[2] when he was returned unopposed for the borough of Appleby in Westmorland.[3][4]

He served less than a year as an MP for Appleby,[5] until he resigned from the Commons in early 1791[4] by accepting the post of Steward of East Hendred.[6] (The by-election for his successor was held in May 1791[6]).

Richard Ford was for many years chief police magistrate of London. He married Benjamin Booth's daughter and heiress. His eldest son was also Richard Ford who wrote about his travels in Spain.[7]


Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Robert Cuninghame
George Medley
Member of Parliament for East Grinstead
1789 – 1790
With: George Medley
Succeeded by
Nathaniel Dance
William Hamilton Nisbet
Preceded by
Richard Penn
John Leveson-Gower
Member of Parliament for Appleby
1790 – 1791
With: Robert Banks Jenkinson to Dec 1790
William Grimston from Dec 1790
Succeeded by
John Rawdon
William Grimston