CAVENDISH, Lord John (1732-96), of Billing, Northants.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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1761 - 1768
1768 - 1784
22 May 1794 - 18 Dec. 1796

Family and Education

b. 22 Oct. 1732, 4th s. of William Cavendish, 3rd Duke of Devonshire, and bro. of Lord George Augustus Cavendish*. educ. Hackney; Peterhouse, Camb. 1750. unm.

Offices Held

Ld. of Treasury July 1765-July 1766; PC 27 Mar. 1782; chancellor of Exchequer Mar.-July 1782, Apr.-Dec. 1783.


Cavendish, a founder member of the Whig Club, was not expected to return to public affairs after his disgust at being defeated in 1784. He might have stood for York again and he had no objection to his name being used; on 18 Nov. 1787, however, he informed his friend Earl Fitzwilliam, ‘If I can I will keep quite out of Parliament, but if old George will not come in again, I am afraid I cannot avoid serving for Derby’. On 17 Mar 1789 he again turned down York, ‘even if I came in quietly’, adding:

My first wish is to keep out of Parliament; but if I can not avoid that, I will go no further than to a quiet borough where I shall not be plagued with