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RICHMOND, Charles Gordon Lennox, fourth Duke of, governor-general of Canada, born in 1764; died in Richmond, Lower Canada, 28 August, 1820. His father, Lieutenant-General Lord George Henry Lennox, was a grandson of the first Duke of Richmond. a son of Charles II, and the Duchess of Portsmouth. Charles entered the army in his youth, and in 1806 succeeded to the dukedom at the death of his uncle. In 1808 he was appointed lord lieutenant of Ireland, where his administration of affairs was productive of the happiest results in quieting the public discontent. He succeeded General Sherbrooke as governor-general of Canada, 29 July, 1819, and administered its government till his death, tie was very popular, and though by nature conciliatory, was determined and energetic, and did not hesitate to draw upon the funds in the hands of the receiver-general when the legislature refused to grant supplies to defray the civil list. While making a tour of Canada he purchased a tame fox, which, becoming rabid, bit him on the hand, and hydrophobia resulted, causing his death. In 1789 he married Charlotte, daughter of the fourth Duke of Gordon. Charles Gordon-Lennox, the present Duke of Richmond, is his grandson.--His uncle, CHARLES LENNOX, third Duke of Richmond (1735-1806), was appointed in 1765 ambassador to France, in 1.766 was constituted chief secretary of state, and in 1782 master-general of the ordnance. He was a man of superior talents, a friend of liberty and reform, and in 1778 proposed to recognize the independence of the revolted American colonies.
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