George Augustus Selwyn (politician)

George Augustus Selwyn; Richard Edgcumbe, 2nd Baron Edgcumbe; George James Williams, by Henry Graves.
George Augustus Selwyn; Richard Edgcumbe, 2nd Baron EdgcumbeGeorge James Williams, by Henry Graves.

George Augustus Selwyn is a Member of Parliament in the Parliament of England.

Educated at Eton College and Hart Hall, Oxford and studied law.

Selwyn has spent 44 years in the House of Commons without being recorded as making a speech. He put his electoral interest, as the person who controlled both seats in Ludgershall and one in Gloucester, at the disposal of the King’s ministers (whoever they might be), because he was financially dependent on obtaining (a total of three) sinecure offices and a pension, which offset his expenses of bribing the electorate, and his gambling debts.

Selwyn is a friend of Horace Walpole, and a member of the Hellfire Club.

He was known for his fascination with the macabre[ and other forms of sexual eccentricity.