The Lord Stanley of Alderley
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Lord Stanley of Alderley, 1856.
Postmaster General
In office
17 August 1860 – 26 June 1866
Prime MinisterThe Viscount Palmerston
The Earl Russell
Preceded byThe Earl of Elgin
Succeeded byThe Duke of Montrose
President of the Board of Trade
In office
31 March 1855 – 21 February 1858
Prime MinisterThe Viscount Palmerston
Preceded byEdward Cardwell
Succeeded byJoseph Warner Henley
Paymaster-General
Vice-President of the Board of Trade
In office
5 January 1853 – 30 January 1855
Prime MinisterThe Earl of Aberdeen
Preceded byCharles Abbot
Succeeded byEdward Pleydell-Bouverie
In office
12 February 1852 – 21 February 1852
Prime MinisterThe Earl Russell
Preceded byGranville Leveson-Gower
Succeeded byCharles Abbot
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
In office
6 July 1846 – 12 February 1852
Prime MinisterThe Earl Russell
Preceded byGeorge Smythe
Succeeded byAusten Henry Layard
Paymaster-General
In office
19 June 1841 – 30 August 1841
Prime MinisterThe Viscount Melbourne
Preceded bySir Henry Parnell, Bt.
Succeeded bySir Edward Knatchbull, Bt.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
In office
21 April 1835 – 19 June 1841
Prime MinisterThe Viscount Melbourne
Preceded bySir George Clerk
Succeeded bySir Denis Le Marchant
Member of Parliament
for North Cheshire
In office
26 August 1847 – 8 June 1848
Preceded byGeorge Legh
Succeeded byGeorge Legh
In office
8 January 1833 – 22 July 1841
Preceded byconstituency established
Succeeded byGeorge Legh
Member of Parliament
for Hindon
In office
1 June 1831 – 8 January 1833
Preceded byGeorge Matthew Fortescue
Succeeded byconstituency abolished
Personal details
Born(1802-11-13)13 November 1802
Died16 June 1869(1869-06-16) (aged 66)
NationalityBritish
Political partyWhig
Liberal
Spouse
(m. 1826)
Child10
Parent(s)John Stanley, 1st Baron Stanley of Alderley
Lady Maria Holroyd
EducationEton College
Alma materChrist Church, Oxford

Edward John Stanley, 2nd Baron Stanley of Alderley PC (13 November 1802 – 16 June 1869), known as The Lord Eddisbury between 1848 and 1850, was a British politician.

Background

Stanley was the son of John Stanley, 1st Baron Stanley of Alderley, and Lady Maria Josepha, daughter of John Holroyd, 1st Earl of Sheffield.[1] He was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford.[2]

Political career

Stanley entered the House of Commons as Whig Member of Parliament (MP) for Hindon in 1831 and was later member for North Cheshire between 1832 and 1841, and between 1847 and 1848. He served under Lord Melbourne as Patronage Secretary to the Treasury from 1835 to 1841, as Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department in 1841 and as Paymaster-General in 1841 and under Lord John Russell as Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs between 1846 and 1852.[3] He was sworn of the Privy Council in 1841[4] and in 1848, two years before he succeeded to the barony of Stanley, he was created Baron Eddisbury, of Winnington[3] in the County Palatine of Chester.[5]

Stanley was President of the Board of Trade under Lord Palmerston from 1855 to 1858, and Postmaster-General under Palmerston and then Lord John Russell from 1860 to 1866. In 1861 he established the Post Office Savings Bank.

Family

Lord Stanley of Alderley married Henrietta Maria (21 December 1807 – 16 February 1895), a daughter of Viscount Dillon, in 1826. Lord and Lady Stanley of Alderley had ten children:

Lord Stanley of Alderley died in June 1869, aged 66, and was succeeded by his eldest son, Henry. Lady Stanley of Alderley died in February 1895, aged 87.

In the 1930s his family's letters were published by his descendant Nancy Mitford as:

References

  1. ^ Stern, Marvin. "Stanley, Lady Maria Josepha". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/74489. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ Cook, C. and Keith, B., (1975). British Historical Facts 1830-1900. London and Basingstoke: The Macmillan Press Ltd. p.88.
  3. ^ a b  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Stanley (Family) s.v. Edward John Stanley, 2nd baron". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 25 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 777.
  4. ^ The London Gazette, 13 August 1841
  5. ^ The London gazette, 9 May 1848
Parliament of the United Kingdom Preceded byGeorge Fortescue John Weyland Member of Parliament for Hindon 18311832 With: John Weyland Constituency abolished New constituency Member of Parliament for North Cheshire 18321841 With: William Egerton Succeeded byWilliam Tatton Egerton George Legh Preceded byWilliam Egerton George Legh Member of Parliament for North Cheshire 1847–1848 With: William Egerton Succeeded byWilliam Egerton George Legh Political offices Preceded byViscount Howick Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department 1834 Succeeded byWilliam Gregson Preceded bySir George Clerk, Bt Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury 1835–1841 Succeeded bySir Denis Le Marchant, Bt Preceded bySir Henry Parnell, Bt Paymaster-General 1841 Succeeded bySir Edward Knatchbull, Bt Preceded byGeorge Smythe Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs 1846–1852 Succeeded byAusten Henry Layard Preceded byThe Earl Granville Paymaster-GeneralVice-President of the Board of Trade 1852 Succeeded byThe Lord Colchester Preceded byThe Lord Colchester Paymaster-GeneralVice-President of the Board of Trade 1853–1855 Succeeded byEdward Pleydell Bouverie Preceded byEdward Cardwell President of the Board of Trade 1855–1858 Succeeded byJoseph Warner Henley Preceded byThe Earl of Elgin Postmaster General 1860–1866 Succeeded byThe Duke of Montrose Peerage of the United Kingdom New creation Baron Eddisbury 1848–1869 Succeeded byHenry Stanley Preceded byJohn Stanley Baron Stanley of Alderley 1850–1869