George Cavendish-Bentinck

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Lord George Bentinck

Lord William George Frederick Cavendish-Scott-Bentinck ( February 27, 1802 , † September 21, 1848 ) was a British politician.


Lord George Bentinck was the second surviving son of William Cavendish-Scott-Bentinck, 4th Duke of Portland (1768-1854), and a nephew of General Lord William Cavendish-Bentinck . He rose to major in the British Army , then went into civil service and became private secretary Cannings and from 1828 a member of the House of Commons for Lyme Regis , which he represented for 20 years until his death.

He remained almost unnoticed for 15 years until, out of grudge against Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington , and Sir Robert Peel , whom he could not forgive the hostility shown to his uncle Canning, he headed the so-called Protectionist Party with Disraeli . But he supported, in contradiction with the High Tories, the Catholic emancipation and the Reform Bill , spoke also for the emancipation of the Jews as well as for the remuneration of the Catholic clergy in Ireland by the state.

Bentinck was a skilled speaker, at the same time a real sportsman. In 1838 his horse Gray Momus won the 2000 Guinea . He died suddenly on September 21, 1848. He remained unmarried and childless. A memorial was erected to him in Cavendish Square in 1851 . Benjamin Disraeli (1852) described his life.


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