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Larpent, George Gerard de Hochepied (DNB00)

LARPENT, Sir GEORGE GERARD DE HOCHEPIED (1786–1855), politician, youngest son of John Larpent [q. v.], by his second wife, was born in London on 16 Feb. 1786. He early entered the East India house of Cockerell & Larpent, became chairman of the Oriental and China Association, and deputy-chairman of the St. Katharine's Docks Company. In May 1840 he unsuccessfully contested Ludlow in the whig interest, and in April 1841 Nottingham; but in June 1841 he was returned at the head of the poll for Nottingham, with Sir John Cam Hobhouse [q. v.]. On 13 Oct. 1841 he was created a baronet. He retired from parliament in August 1842, pending the result of a petition presented against his return. In 1847 he unsuccessfully contested the city of London. He died in Conduit Street, London, on 8 March 1855. He married, first, 13 Oct. 1813, Charlotte, third daughter of William Cracroft of the exchequer—she died on 18 Feb. 1851 at Bath, leaving two sons and a daughter; secondly, in 1852, Louisa, daughter of George Bailey of Lincolnshire, by whom he left a son—his second wife died on 23 March 1856. Larpent wrote a pamphlet in support of protection to West Indian sugar, 1823, which ran through two editions, and another entitled 'Some Remarks on the late Negotiations between the Board of Control and the East India Company.' He also edited the journals of his half-brother, Francis Seymour Larpent [q. v.], in 1853, and the 'History of Turkey' of his grandfather, Sir James Porter, continuing it and adding a memoir, 1854.

[Gent. Mag. 1855, i. 524; M'Culloch's Lit. of Polit. Econ. p. 93.]

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