James Harris, 2nd Earl of Malmesbury

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James Edward Harris, 2nd Earl of Malmesbury (19 August 1778 – 10 September 1841) was a British peer, styled Viscount FitzHarris from 1800 to 1820.

Though the son of a great British statesman, James Harris, 1st Earl of Malmesbury, the young James Harris did but dabble in politics. His real interests lay in being a sportsman. The second Earl was known for his meticulous records of what game he killed as well as his records of local and national British weather.[1] He built up an extensive collection of stuffed game, which, upon his family's sale of Greywell Hill House in 1950, was donated to various museums.

He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Helston 1802–1804, Horsham 1804–1807, Heytesbury 1807–1812 and Wilton 1816–1820


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Abbot
Lord Francis Osborne
Member of Parliament for Helston
With: John Penn
Succeeded by
John Penn
Davies Giddy
Preceded by
Edward Hilliard
Patrick Ross
Member of Parliament for Horsham
With: Edward Hilliard
Succeeded by
Francis John Wilder
Love Jones-Parry
Preceded by
Charles Moore
Michael Symes
Member of Parliament for Heytesbury
With: Charles Moore
Succeeded by
Samuel Hood
Charles Duncombe
Preceded by
Ralph Sheldon
Captain Hon. Charles Herbert
Member of Parliament for Wilton
With: Ralph Sheldon
Succeeded by
Ralph Sheldon
John Penruddocke
Political offices
Preceded by
George Walpole
Sir Francis Vincent
Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Charles Bagot
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Lord Bolton
Vice-Admiral of Hampshire
Succeeded by
The Lord Yarborough
Governor of the Isle of Wight
Succeeded by
The Lord Heytesbury
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
James Harris
Earl of Malmesbury
Succeeded by
James Harris