Political Careers of Royal Navy Officers

Did you ever wonder what became of Royal Navy officers after they retired; did they enter Parliament? Did some of them actually hold political office while on a remote station? Some of these questions can be answered by the History of Parliament Online project that provides biographical information on over 21,000 members from 1386 to 1832. A very broad search under “navy” calls up almost 1500 hits. Find out the political careers of such luminaries as Lord Cochrane, Sir Edward Pellew, and Samuel Pepys.

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