Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Jolliffe, William George Hylton

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JOLLIFFE, WILLIAM GEORGE HYLTON, first Baron Hylton (1800–1876), born on 7 Dec. 1800, was eldest son of the Rev. William John Jolliffe, by Julia, daughter of Sir Abraham Pytches of Streatham. He was for some time in the army, and retired from the 15th hussars with the rank of captain. He was created a baronet on 20 August 1821. In 1832 he unsuccessfully contested Petersfield in the conservative interest, but was seated, on a petition, in 1833. In 1835 he lost his seat, but represented Petersfield from 1837 to 1866. In Lord Derby's first administration he was under-secretary of state for home affairs from March to December 1852, and from March 1858 to June 1859 he was parliamentary secretary to the treasury and conservative whip. As whip he was very popular; he was presented with a testimonial for his services when he retired, and was created a privy councillor on 18 June 1859. Jolliffe's grandmother, on his father's side, was the representative of the baronial family of Hylton of Hylton Castle, and when, on 19 July 1866, he was raised to the peerage, he took the title of Baron Hylton. He died on 1 June 1876 at Merstham House, near Reigate in Surrey. He married, first, on 8 Oct. 1825, Eleanor, second daughter of the Hon. Berkeley Paget—she died on 23 July 1802, leaving a family; secondly, Sophia Penelope (d. 1882), widow of the fourth Earl of Ilchester. His eldest son, Hylton, by his first wife, was a captain in the Coldstream guards, and died on the heights before Sebastopol on 4 Oct. 1854, leaving two daughters. His second son, Hedworth Hylton, is the present peer.

[Times, 3 June 1876; West Sussex Journal, 6 June 1876; Burke's Peerage; Lord Malmesbury's Memoirs of an ex-Minister. pp. 385, 395.]

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