Charles Cornwallis, 4th Baron Cornwallis

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About Charles Cornwallis, 4th Baron Cornwallis

Portrait of Cornwallis (circa 1705-1715), by Sir Godfrey Kneller.

Charles Cornwallis, 4th Baron Cornwallis PC was a British politician.

He was the son of Charles Cornwallis, 3rd Baron Cornwallis (c. 1655 – 1693) and Elizabeth Fox (c. 1654 – 1680/81). On 29 April 1693 he succeeded his father as Baron Cornwallis.

Between 1695 and 1698, he sat as Member of Parliament for Eye, as a Whig. He held the office of Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk between 1698 and 1703, and the office of Joint Postmaster-General between 1715 and 1721. The last two years of his life, from 1721 to January 1721/22 he held the office of Paymaster of the Forces in the Cabinet of Walpole and Townshend.

A grandson of Charles Cornwallis, 2nd Baron Cornwallis, he married Lady Charlotte Butler, daughter of Richard Butler, 1st Earl of Arran, on 6 June 1699. They had 10 children:

Charles Stephen Charlotte (1704–?) John (1705–1768) Richard (1708–1741) Elizabeth (1709–?) Mary (1711–?) Edward and Frederick Henry (1715–?) He was the grandfather of Charles, William, and James Cornwallis; the great-grandfather of Charles Cornwallis; the 2nd great-grandfather of James Mann; the 3rd great-grandfather of Fiennes Cornwallis; the 4th great-grandfather of Fiennes Cornwallis, 1st Baron Cornwallis; the 5th great-grandfather of Wykeham Cornwallis, 2nd Baron Cornwallis; and the 6th great-grandfather of Fiennes Cornwallis, 3rd Baron Cornwallis.

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Charles Cornwallis, 4th Baron Cornwallis's Timeline

March 29, 1700
St. Martin in the Fields, Covent (Convent) Garden, Westminster, Middlesex, England
October 16, 1701
December 23, 1703
December 23, 1706
October 17, 1708
March 5, 1713
January 20, 1721
Age 46