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The eldest son of the 5th Duke of Marlborough, he was styled Earl of Sunderland until 1817, and Marquess of Blandford from 1817 until he succeeded to the dukedom in 1840. He was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford.
Blandford's political career in the House of Commons began with his election for Chippenham in 1818. He did not stand in the election of 1820, but returned to the Commons in 1826 for his family's seat of Woodstock.
He opposed Catholic emancipation in 1829, and the Maynooth grant in 1845. He also opposed the repeal of the Corn Laws. However, he was not an orthodox Conservative, having proposed radical reform of the parliamentary system in 1830.
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