COWPER, William (1721-69), of Hertingfordbury Park, Herts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1768 - 27 Aug. 1769

Family and Education

b. 1721, 1st s. of William Cowper, clerk of the Parliaments, by Jane, da. of John Budget of Chelsea. educ. Westminster, Apr. 1730, aged 8, left 1737; Worcester, Oxf. 1 Mar. 1739, aged 17; L. Inn 1740. m. 5 Aug. 1749, his cos. Maria Frances Cecilia, da. of Col. Martin Madan, M.P., 4s. 2da. suc. fa. 14 Feb. 1740.

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Cowper had a natural interest at Hertford where he was returned unopposed in 1768. In Parliament he voted with Administration on Wilkes’s expulsion, 3 Feb. 1769, and the Middlesex election, 8 May. There is no record of his having spoken in the House. He died 27 Aug. 1769, aged 48.

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Author: Mary M. Drummond