Henry Lascelles, 2nd Earl of Harewood(1767-1841), Conservative politician; MP for Yorkshire, Westbury, Pontefract and Northallerton
Sitter in 5 portraits
Henry Lascelles entered Parliament as MP for Yorkshire in 1796. He was re-elected in 1802, but did not stand in 1806. In 1807, he again contested the seat in an election that was memorable for the vast amount of money, almost £100,000 that Lascelles spent on his unsuccessful campaign. Lascelles was able to fund this lavish spending through the fortune his family made in the West Indies. When the slave trade was abolished, Lascelles received a vast sum in compensation for the six plantations he owned in Barbados and the hundreds of enslaved Africans who worked them. Lascelles was a moderate Tory and opposed Catholic emancipation and parliamentary reform. He succeeded his father to the Earldom in 1820 and took his seat in the House of Lords.
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