Copley, John, 1st Baron Lyndhurst

BORN 21 May 1772, Boston, Massachusetts - DIED 12 Oct 1863, London: 25 George Street, Hanover Square
BIRTH NAME Copley, John Singleton
GRAVE LOCATION London: Highgate Cemetery West, Swain's Lane, Highgate

John Copley was the son of the American painter John Singleton Copley and his wife Susanna Farnham (born Clarke). In 1774 his father moved from the USA to London and in the next year his wife and his son followed him to England. John Copley was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1804 he was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn. In 1813 he was appointed serjeant-at-law. After Lord Castlereagh noticed him, he entered parliament. In 1809 he married Sarah Brunsden, the widow of Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Thomas who had died at Waterloo.

During the trial of Queen Caroline he was solicitor-general. From 1831 to 1834 he was Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer and he was several times Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain between 1827 and 1846.

In 1834 his wife died and in 1837 he married Georgiana Goldsmith (1807-1901), the daughter of the writer Lewis Goldsmith. His second wife came from a Jewish family and in 1858 he supported Jewish emancipation. He also advocated women's rights in case of divorce. He died in London in 1863. his wife lived until 1901 and was buried in his grave at Highgate West Cemetery in London.

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The grave of John Singleton Copley at Highgate Cemetery West, London.
Picture by Androom (28 Mar 2016)


John Copley - Wikipedia

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Published: 09 Oct 2022
Last update: 09 Oct 2022