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Lord John Russell 
Third son of John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford (1766-1839), by first wife, Georgiana Elizabeth, second daughter of George Byng, fourth Viscount Torrington
 
Date (from)(Date to)Event
18 August 1792 Born (London).
17?? Educated at Westminster School, and then privately.
18091812University of Edinburgh.
4 May 181312 March 1817M.P. (Liberal) for Tavistock, until he resigned due to illness.
19 January 181827 March 1819M.P. for Tavistock.
16 March 182020 ??????? 1826M.P. for Huntingdonshire.
19 December 18267 August 1830M.P. for Bandon Bridge.
16 December 18309 July 1834Paymaster General of the forces in Earl Grey's ministry.
10 May 183124 December 1832M.P. for Devonshire.
7 June 1832 Steered Reform Bill through House of Commons.
24 December 18327 May 1835M.P. for Devonshire South (until defeated)
18341855Leader of the Liberals in the House of Commons.
19 May 18351 July 1841M.P. for Stroud.
11 April 1835 Married Adelaide (died 1838), daughter of Thomas Lister, and widow of Thomas, second Lord Ribblesdale.
18 April 183530 August 1839Home Secretary in Melbourne's ministry (after fall of Peel on question of Irish church).
18 April 183530 August 1841Leader of the House of Commons.
30 August 183930 August 1841Secretary for War and for the Colonies (until government defeated by Peel).
28 June 184130 July 1861M.P. for London (until made peer).
20 July 1841 Married Lady Francis Anna Maria Elliot (died 1898), daughter of Gilbert, 2nd Earl of Minto.
18451855Leader of the Liberal party.
30 June 184621 February 1852Leader of the House of Commons and Prime minister (after fall of Peel after repeal of Corn Laws, and until defeated on Militia Bill).
19 December 185230 January 1855Leader of the House of Commons.
28 December 185221 February 1853Secretary of State at Foreign Office in Aberdeen's ministry.
22 February 185311 June 1854Cabinet member without portfolio.
12 June 185424 January 1855Lord President of the (Privy) Council.
1 May 185521 July 1855Secretary of State for the Colonies in Palmerston's 1st ministry.
18 June 18593 November 1865Secretary of State at Foreign Office in Palmerston's 2nd ministry.
30 July 1861 Raised to the peerage as Earl Russell of Kingston Russell, Viscount Amberly of Amberly and Ardsalla.
18651868Leader of the Liberals in the House of Lords.
29 October 186526 June 1866Leader of the House of Lords and Prime minister (upon death of Palmerston, and until defeat on a reform bill).
28 May 1878 Died (Richmond Park, Surrey).
Literature: (DNB; Stenton).
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