Sir Charles Wetherell (1770 – 17 August 1846) was an English lawyer, politician and judge.

Wetherell was born in Oxford, the third son of Reverend Nathan Wetherell, of Durham, Master of the University College and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford. His mother was Richarda Croke (1743?-1812), sister of Sir Alexander Croke, of Studley Priory, Oxfordshire.

Wetherell was Member of Parliament (MP) for a considerable period, representing Rye from 1812 to 1813, Shaftesbury from 1813 to 1818, Oxford from 1820 to 1826. He was elected MP for Hastings in 1826 but had to stand down when appointed Attorney-General. He represented Plympton Erle from December 1826 to 1830 and Boroughbridge from 1830 to 1832.

He was Solicitor-General between 1824 and 1826 and Attorney General between 20 September 1826 and 27 April 1827 and again between 19 February 1828 and 29 June 1829. In May 1829, Wetherell made a violent speech in opposition to Catholic Emancipation, and was dismissed by the Duke of Wellington. He was Recorder of Bristol during the riots of 1831. From 1835 up to his death in 1846 he was Chancellor of Durham.

Wetherell was twice married, first, in 1826, with his cousin Jane-Sarah-Elizabeth Croke (1804–1831). They had a son, Charles, who died in infancy. In 1838 he married Harriet-Elizabeth, daughter of Colonel Warneford.



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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Henry Sullivan
Thomas Phillipps Lamb
Member of Parliament for Rye
With: Thomas Phillipps Lamb
Succeeded by
Richard Arkwright
Thomas Phillipps Lamb
Preceded by
Richard Bateman-Robson
Hudson Gurney
Member of Parliament for Shaftesbury
With: Sir Edward Kerrison
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John Bacon Sawrey Morritt
Henry John Shepherd
Preceded by
John Atkyns-Wright
Frederick St John
Member of Parliament for Oxford
With: John Ingram Lockhart
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James Langston
John Ingram Lockhart
Preceded by
James Dawkins
William Scott
Member of Parliament for Hastings
Jun. 1826Dec. 1826
With: Sir William Curtis, Bt
Succeeded by
Evelyn Denison
James Lushington
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George Edgcumbe
Gibbs Antrobus
Member of Parliament for Plympton Erle
With: Gibbs Antrobus
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Viscount Valletort
Gibbs Antrobus
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George Mundy
Henry Dawkins
Member of Parliament for Boroughbridge
With: Matthias Attwood
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Legal offices
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Sir John Copley
Solicitor-General for England and Wales
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Sir Nicholas Conyngham Tindal
Preceded by
Sir John Copley
Attorney-General for England and Wales
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Sir James Scarlett