Charles Henry Somerset (1767 - 1831) MP

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About Charles Henry Somerset

General Lord Charles Henry Somerset (2 December 1767 – 18 February 1831) was a British soldier, politician and colonial administrator. He was governor of the Cape Colony, South Africa, from 1814 to 1826.

Somerset was the second son of Henry Somerset, 5th Duke of Beaufort, and Elizabeth, daughter of Admiral the Hon. Edward Boscawen. He was the brother of Henry Somerset, 6th Duke of Beaufort, General Lord Edward Somerset, Lord Arthur Somerset and Field Marshal FitzRoy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan.

Somersat sat as Member of Parliament for Scarborough between 1796 and 1802 and for Monmouth Boroughs between 1802 and 1813. He served as Comptroller of the Household between 1797 and 1804 and as Joint Paymaster of the Forces between 1804 and 1806 and 1807 and 1813 and was sworn of the Privy Council on 26 April 1797. in 1814 he was appointed Governor of the Cape Colony, a post he held until 1826. The towns of Somerset West and Somerset East in South Africa are named after him.

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Gen. Lord Charles Henry Somerset, Governor of the Cape's Timeline

1767
December 12, 1767
England
1788
June, 1788
Age 20
1790
October, 1790
Age 22
1793
1793
Age 25
1794
December 30, 1794
Age 27
England
1799
January 2, 1799
Age 31
1800
September 24, 1800
Age 32
1803
February 12, 1803
Age 35
1822
1822
Age 54
1823
May 20, 1823
Age 55