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Benjamin Mildmay, 1st Earl FitzWalter

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Benjamin Mildmay, 1st Earl FitzWalter PC (27 December 1672 – 29 February 1756), styled The Honourable Benjamin Mildmay until 1728 and known as The Lord FitzWalter between 1728 and 1730, was a British politician. He served as First Lord of Trade between 1735 and 1737 and as Treasurer of the Household between 1737 and 1755.

The Right Honourable
The Earl FitzWalter
PC
First Lord of Trade
In office
May 1735 – June 1737
MonarchGeorge II
Prime MinisterSir Robert Walpole
Preceded byThe Earl of Westmorland
Succeeded byThe Lord Monson
Treasurer of the Household
In office
1736–1755
MonarchGeorge II
Prime MinisterSir Robert Walpole
The Earl of Wilmington
Hon. Henry Pelham
The Duke of Newcastle
Preceded byThe Lord De La Warr
Succeeded byThe Lord Berkeley of Stratton
Personal details
Born27 December 1672
Died29 February 1756 (1756-03-01) (aged 83)
London
NationalityBritish
Spouse(s)Lady Frederica Schomberg (1688–1751)

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BackgroundEdit

Mildmay was a younger son of Benjamin Mildmay, 17th Baron FitzWalter, by the Honourable Catherine, daughter of William Fairfax, 3rd Viscount Fairfax of Emley.[1]

Political careerEdit

Mildmay served as Commissioner of Excise between 1720 and 1728. The latter year he succeeded his elder brother in the barony of FitzWalter and took his seat in the House of Lords.[1] In 1730 he created Viscount Harwich, in the County of Essex, and Earl FitzWalter.[2] In 1735 he was sworn of the Privy Council and appointed First Lord of Trade under Sir Robert Walpole,[3] a post he held until 1737,[1][4] and then served as Treasurer of the Household between 1736 and 1755.[1] He was also Lord-Lieutenant of Essex from 1741 to 1756.[1][4]

Personal lifeEdit

Lord FitzWalter married Lady Frederica Susanna, daughter of Meinhardt Schomberg, 3rd Duke of Schomberg and widow of Robert Darcy, 3rd Earl of Holderness, in 1724. They had no children. She died in August 1751. Lord FitzWalter died in London in February 1756, aged 83. The viscountcy and earldom died with him, while the barony fell into abeyance.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f thepeerage.com Benjamin Mildmay, 1st and last Earl FitzWalter
  2. ^ "No. 6881". The London Gazette. 9 May 1730. p. 1.
  3. ^ "No. 7402". The London Gazette. 9 May 1730. p. 1.
  4. ^ a b leighrayment.com Peerage: Feversham to Fitzwarine
Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Westmorland
First Lord of Trade
1735–1737
Succeeded by
The Lord Monson
Preceded by
The Lord De La Warr
Treasurer of the Household
1737–1755
Succeeded by
The Lord Berkeley of Stratton
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Thomond
Lord-Lieutenant of Essex
1741–1756
Succeeded by
The Earl of Rochford
Peerage of Great Britain
New creation Earl FitzWalter
1730–1756
Extinct
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Charles Mildmay
Baron FitzWalter
1728–1756
Abeyant