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Henry John Temple 3rd Viscount Palmerston

Biography of Henry John Temple 3rd Viscount Palmerston

Lord Palmerston
Lord Palmerston

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (1784-1865), was Rector of the University from 1862 until 1865.

Born in London, the young Temple studied at the University of Edinburgh and St John's, Cambridge. He inherited the viscountcy in 1802 and became a Tory MP four years later, quickly rising to hold important cabinet posts. In 1830 he became a Whig and he was Foreign Secretary three times between then and 1851, and Prime Minister from 1855 to 1858 and 1859 to 1865.

In the rectorial election of 1862, Palmerston defeated John Inglis, the Lord Justice Clerk, despite having declared on the eve of the poll that he did not wish to be elected.

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Henry John Temple 3rd Viscount Palmerston
Prime Minister

Born 20 October 1784, London, England.
Died 18 October 1865.
University Link: Rector
Occupation categories: politicians; prime ministers
NNAF Reference: GB/NNAF/P151250
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Record last updated: 31st Jan 2008

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