John Manners-Sutton, 3rd Viscount Canterbury

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About John Manners-Sutton, 3rd Viscount Canterbury

Wikipedia Biographical Summary

"John Henry Thomas Manners-Sutton, 3rd Viscount Canterbury KCB, GCMG (27 May 1814 – 24 June 1877), known as the Honourable Sir John Manners-Sutton between 1866 and 1869, was a British Tory politician and colonial administrator.

Background and education

A member of the Manners family headed by the Duke of Rutland, Manners-Sutton was born at Downing Street, London, the second and youngest son of Charles Manners-Sutton, 1st Viscount Canterbury, Speaker of the House of Commons, by his first wife Lucy, daughter of John Denison. His mother died when he was one year old. He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating with a MA in 1835. In his youth he played first-class cricket for Cambridge University Cricket Club and Marylebone Cricket Club.

Political career

Manners-Sutton was returned to Parliament for Cambridge in September 1839. However, in April 1840 his election was declared void. He was returned for the same constituency in 1841 and held it until 1847. He served as Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department from 1841 to 1846 in Sir Robert Peel's second administration.

Colonial governor

In 1854 Manners-Sutton was appointed Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, a post he held until 1861. He later served as Governor of Trinidad from 1864 to 1866 and as Governor of Victoria from 1866 to 1873. He was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 1866 and a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1873. In 1869 he succeeded in the viscountcy of Canterbury on the death of his unmarried elder brother.


Lord Canterbury married Georgiana, daughter of Charles Tompson, of Witchingham Hall, Norwich, in 1838. They had five sons and one daughter. He died at Queensberry Place, Kensington, London, in June 1877, aged 63, and was succeeded by his eldest son, Henry. The Viscountess Canterbury died at Seething Old Hall, Norfolk, in September 1899."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'John Manners-Sutton, 3rd Viscount Canterbury', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 13 April 2013, 15:57 UTC, <,_3rd_Viscount_Canterbury&oldid=550169180> [accessed 7 May 2013]

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