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John George Weld-Forester, 2nd Baron Forester (1801-1874), Politician; Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms

Sitter in 2 portraits
Weld-Forester became Member of Parliament for Wenlock in 1828, a seat he held for forty-six years. He served in the Earl of Derby's first two Tory administrations, both times as Comptroller of the Household, and was admitted to the Privy Council in 1852. He became Father of the House of Commons in 1873, as the longest serving member of the House. The following year he succeeded his elder brother as third Baron Forester and entered the House of Lords

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The House of Commons, 1833

by Sir George Hayter
oil on canvas, 1833-1843
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 54


John George Weld-Forester, 2nd Baron Forester

by Joseph Brown, published by Alfred Head Baily, after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, published 1 June 1867
NPG D37735