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Dudley Ryder, 2nd Earl of Harrowby

Dudley Ryder, 2nd Earl of Harrowby KG, PC, FRS (19 May 1798 – 19 November 1882), styled Viscount Sandon between 1809 and 1847, was a British politician. He held office under Lord Palmerston as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in 1855 and as Lord Privy Seal between 1855 and 1858.


The Earl of Harrowby

Dudley Ryder, 2nd Earl of Harrowby.jpg
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
In office
31 March 1855 – 7 December 1855
MonarchVictoria
Prime MinisterThe Viscount Palmerston
Preceded byThe Earl Granville
Succeeded byMatthew Talbot Baines
Lord Privy Seal
In office
7 December 1855 – 3 February 1858
MonarchVictoria
Prime MinisterThe Viscount Palmerston
Preceded byThe Duke of Argyll
Succeeded byThe Marquess of Clanricarde
Personal details
Born19 May 1798 (1798-05-19)
London, England
Died19 November 1882 (1882-11-20) (aged 84)
Sandon Hall, Sandon, Staffordshire
NationalityBritish
Spouse(s)Lady Frances Stuart
(d. 1859)
Alma materChrist Church, Oxford

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Background and educationEdit

Harrowby was born in London, the son of Dudley Ryder, 1st Earl of Harrowby, and Lady Susan (d. 1838), daughter of Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Marquess of Stafford. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford.[1] He was an officer of the Staffordshire Yeomanry, resigning his captain's commission in March 1831.[2]

Political careerEdit

Harrowby was elected Member of Parliament for Tiverton in 1819, a seat he held until 1831[1][3] before switching to represent Liverpool until 1847.[1][4] He served as a Lord of the Admiralty in 1827[5] and as Secretary to the Board of Control under Lord Grey between 1830 and 1831. He remained out of office for a long time, but in 1855, eight years after he had succeeded his father as Earl of Harrowby, he was appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster[6] by Lord Palmerston, becoming a Privy Counsellor at the same time.[7] In a few months he was transferred to the office of Lord Privy Seal, a position which he resigned in 1858.[1] He was made a Knight of the Garter in 1859.[8]

Harrowby was also three times President of the Royal Statistical Society (1840–1842, 1849–1851, 1855–1857), chairman of the Maynooth commission and a member of other important royal commissions. He was regarded as among the most stalwart and prominent defenders of the Church of England.[5]

FamilyEdit

 
Frances Stuart
 
Shield of arms of Dudley Ryder, 2nd Earl of Harrowby, as displayed on his Order of the Garter stall plate in St. George's Chapel.

Lord Harrowby married Lady Frances, daughter of John Stuart, 1st Marquess of Bute, in 1823. She died in March 1859. Harrowby remained a widower until his death at Sandon Hall on 19 November 1882, aged 84. He was succeeded in the earldom by his eldest son, Dudley.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e thepeerage.com Dudley Ryder, 2nd Earl of Harrowby
  2. ^ "No. 18787". The London Gazette. 25 March 1831. p. 573.
  3. ^ leighrayment.com House of Commons: Tipperary South to Tyrone West
  4. ^ leighrayment.com House of Commons: Lichfield and Tamworth to London and Westminster South
  5. ^ a b   Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Harrowby, Dudley Ryder, 1st Earl of". Encyclopædia Britannica. 13 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 28.
  6. ^ "No. 21688". The London Gazette. 3 April 1855. p. 1334.
  7. ^ "No. 21688". The London Gazette. 3 April 1855. p. 1324.
  8. ^ "No. 22281". The London Gazette. 1 July 1859. p. 2549.

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