He served as Under-Secretary of State for War and the Colonies between March and December 1852 in the Earl of Derby"s first administration. He succeeded in the earldom in November 1820, aged two, on the early death of his father. He was educated at Eton College and entered Christ Church, Oxford in 1836 but took no degree.
In 1846 he was elected an Irish Representative Peer and thus took a seat in the House of Lords, which he held until his death in 1865.
He served as Under-Secretary of State for War and the Colonies in Lord Derby"s short-lived protectionist government of 1852. Lord Desart married Lady Elizabeth Lucy, daughter of John Campbell, 1st Earl Cawdor, in 1842.
He died at his London home in Eaton Square on 1 April 1865, through a fall suffered during an attack of paralysis, aged 46. The Countess of Desart died in April 1898, aged 76.
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Desart sat in the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Ipswich between June and July 1842, when his election was declared void.