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John Yorke (politician)

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John Yorke

John Yorke (1728–1801) was an English barrister and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1753 to 1784.


Yorke was the fourth son of Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke and his wife Margaret Cocks. Educated at Newcome's School, he matriculated at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge in 1746, graduating M.A. in 1749. Admitted to Lincoln's Inn in 1746, he was called to the bar in 1754.[1][2]

Yorke held a number of legal sinecures, secured for him by his father as Lord Chancellor.[2] In 1753 he was offered the parliamentary seat of Higham Ferrers, by Lord Rockingham, against his father's plans, and took it up. In practice he neglected the House of Commons, is not known to have spoken there, and lived much with his parents at Wimpole. He transferred in 1768 to the Reigate seat, which his brother Charles had given up, and retired as Member of Parliament in 1784.[3]


Yorke married Margaret Lygon, daughter of Reginald Lygon of Madresfield. They had one daughter.[1][2]