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George Spencer, 4th Duke of Marlborough
Charles Spencer was the second son of Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl of Sunderland and Lady Anne Churchill, the second daughter of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough and his wife Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough. He was styled as The Honourable Charles Spencer between 1706 and 1729.
Charles inherited the Sunderland title from his older brother in 1729, becoming 5th Earl of Sunderland, and then the Marlborough title from his aunt, Henrietta, 2nd Duchess of Marlborough in 1733.
Lieutenant-General Charles Spencer, 5th Earl of Sunderland married the Hon. Elizabeth Trevor, daughter of Thomas Trevor, 2nd Baron Trevor of Bromham on 23 May 1732.
He briefly served as Lord Privy Seal in 1755.
He is best known for his service in the early part of the Seven Years' War. He led the Raid on St Malo, a naval descent against the French coastal port, in 1758. Following the Capture of Emden he led the British expeditionary force sent to join Ferdinand of Brunswick's Army of Observation on Continental Europe but died in 1758, leaving command to John Manners, Marquess of Granby.
He was one of the original governors of London's Foundling Hospital, the foundation of which in 1739 marked a watershed in British child care advocacy and attitudes.
He and his wife Elizabeth Trevor had five children:
Brothers and Sisters of the 3rd Duke
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