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Anson, George

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Date: 1835-1841; 1846-1852

Anson, George

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George Anson was born in 1797.

Anson enlisted to the army in 1814 and served at Waterloo. In 1819 he turned to politics and became a Whig MP for Great Yarmouth until 1834, then Stoke-on-Trent from 1836 to 1837 and finally for Staffordshire South from 1837 to 1853.

Whilst the Whigs were in government Anson was given roles on the Board of Ordnance, appointed Principle Storekeeper from 1835 to 1841 and then as Clerk of the Ordnance from 1846 to 1852. From 1853 Anson’s career moved to India, where he was appointed Commander-in-Chief in 1856. Consequently he led a force against the “mutiny” in 1857, later that year Anson fell ill with cholera and died.

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