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 Charles Stanhope

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Charles Stanhope Famous memorial

Birth
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Death
15 Dec 1816 (aged 63)
Chevening, Sevenoaks District, Kent, England
Burial
Chevening, Sevenoaks District, Kent, England
Plot
The Stanhope Chapel.
Memorial ID
40346354 View Source

English Statesman, Scientist. 3rd Earl Stanhope. He made early studies of electricity and was the inventor of the Stanhope printing press. He studied at Eton and the University of Geneva, where he specialised in mathematics and developed a lifelong love of liberty. He became Member of Parliament for High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, in 1786 and was a close supporter of William Pitt the Younger until Pitt abandoned the Liberal principals they shared. He was chairman of the "Revolution Society", a group formed in honour of the Glorious Revolution and in 1794 supported of Thomas Muir, an Edinburgh politician who was transported to Botany Bay. He continued his interest in science and was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1772. He published his "Principles of Electricity" in 1779 and also invented a method of protecting buildings from fire, a device for tuning musical instruments and the printing press and lens which are named after him. His other innovations included improvements in canal locks, experiments in steam navigation and two calculating machines. He also proposed a canal from Bristol to the English Channel, taking the levels himself. He died at the family seat of Chevening, Kent, at age sixty-three.

English Statesman, Scientist. 3rd Earl Stanhope. He made early studies of electricity and was the inventor of the Stanhope printing press. He studied at Eton and the University of Geneva, where he specialised in mathematics and developed a lifelong love of liberty. He became Member of Parliament for High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, in 1786 and was a close supporter of William Pitt the Younger until Pitt abandoned the Liberal principals they shared. He was chairman of the "Revolution Society", a group formed in honour of the Glorious Revolution and in 1794 supported of Thomas Muir, an Edinburgh politician who was transported to Botany Bay. He continued his interest in science and was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1772. He published his "Principles of Electricity" in 1779 and also invented a method of protecting buildings from fire, a device for tuning musical instruments and the printing press and lens which are named after him. His other innovations included improvements in canal locks, experiments in steam navigation and two calculating machines. He also proposed a canal from Bristol to the English Channel, taking the levels himself. He died at the family seat of Chevening, Kent, at age sixty-three.

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  • Originally Created by: js
  • Added: 6 Aug 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 40346354
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/40346354/charles-stanhope: accessed ), memorial page for Charles Stanhope (3 Aug 1753–15 Dec 1816), Find a Grave Memorial ID 40346354, citing St Botolph Churchyard, Chevening, Sevenoaks District, Kent, England; Maintained by Find a Grave .