Charles James Fox
Malmesbury - History
Charles James Fox was a prominent British Whig statesman who notably came out in strong support for the colonists over the issue of the American Colonies and supported an unsuccessful attempt to repeal tea duty. The lack of success over this issue actually led to him resigning his seat and standing for re-election.
With regard to Malmesbury, Fox is famous for holding the seat of High Steward of the Old Corporation, in the years between 1769 and 1775. He represented Malmesbury at parliamentary level for the earlier part of this period, but his resignation over the issue of tea duty meant he never represented Malmesbury again and soon after ceased to be High Steward.
Hodge, Dr. Bernulf., A History of Malmesbury (5th Edition; The Friends of Malmesbury Abbey, Minety: 1990).
Luce, Major-General Sir Richard H., The History of the Abbey and Town of Malmesbury (The Friends of Malmesbury Abbey, Minety: 1979).