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Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

Viscount Palmerston

Born 1784.—Died 1865.—George III.—George IV.—William IV.—Victoria.

Henry John Temple.  This eminent politician sat in Parliament at an early age, and spent his entire life in various ministerial offices, ending with the highest.  Through many changes of ministry he was Secretary of War for twenty years, and then became Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary, and Prime Minister.  His firmness, tact, and consummate knowledge of men and foreign affairs maintained the reputation of England on the Continent as it has never since been upheld.  Lord Palmerston was not only respected as English Premier, but was also one of the most popular ministers ever known.