Carolina Lords Proprietors

Anthony Ashley Cooper, 4th Earl of Shaftesbury

Anthony Ashley Cooper, 4th Earl of Shaftesbury (February 9, 1711 - May 27, 1771) was the only son of Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury and Jane Ewer, the daughter of Thomas Ewer, a Hertfordshire gentleman.

He married, firstly, Lady Susan Noel, daughter of Baptist Noel, 3rd Earl of Gainsborough and Lady Dorothy Manners, on March 12, 1724. He married, secondly, Mary Bouverie, daughter of Jacob des Bouverie, 1st Viscount Folkestone and Mary Clarke, on March 20, 1759 - they had two sons. He died on May 27, 1771 at age 60.

He inherited his father's share of Carolina upon his father's death in 1713, but his mother quickly sold this share to her deceased husband's brother, his uncle Maurice Ashley.

Anthony Ashley Cooper, 4th Earl of Shaftesbury was a British peer and philanthropist, who served as one of the leading figures in the foundation of the colony of Georgia and as Lord Lieutenant of Dorset from 1734 until his death. He was selected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1754, and was made a Privy Councillor in 1761.


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