Dudley Ryder, 2nd Earl of Harrowby

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The Right Honourable
The Earl of Harrowby
KG PC FRS
Dudley Ryder, 2nd Earl of Harrowby.jpg
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
In office
31 March 1855 – 7 December 1855
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister The Viscount Palmerston
Preceded by The Earl Granville
Succeeded by Matthew Talbot Baines
Lord Privy Seal
In office
7 December 1855 – 1857
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister The Viscount Palmerston
Preceded by The Duke of Argyll
Succeeded by The Marquess of Clanricarde
Personal details
Born 19 May 1798 (1798-05-19)
London, England
Died 19 November 1882 (1882-11-20)
Sandon Hall, Sandon, Staffordshire
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Lady Frances Stuart
(d. 1859)
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford

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 1857.

Background and education[edit]

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]

Political career[edit]

Harrowby was elected Member of Parliament for Tiverton in 1819, a seat he held until 1831 [1][2] before switching to represent Liverpool until 1847.[1][3] He served as a Lord of the Admiralty in 1827[citation needed] 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[4] by Lord Palmerston, becoming a Privy Counsellor at the same time.[5] In a few months he was transferred to the office of Lord Privy Seal, a position which he resigned in 1857.[1] He was made a Knight of the Garter in 1859.[6]

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.[citation needed]

Family[edit]

Frances Stuart

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]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Hon. Richard Ryder
William Fitzhugh
Member of Parliament for Tiverton
1819–1831
With: Hon. Richard Ryder 1819–1830
Hon. Granville Ryder 1830–1831
Succeeded by
Spencer Perceval
Hon. Granville Ryder
Preceded by
William Ewart
Evelyn Denison
Member of Parliament for Liverpool
18311847
With: William Ewart 1831–1837
Cresswell Cresswell 1837–1842
Sir Howard Douglas, Bt 1842–1847
Succeeded by
Edward Cardwell
Sir Thomas Birch, Bt
Political offices
Preceded by
John Stuart-Wortley
Secretary to the Board of Control
1830–1831
Succeeded by
Thomas Hyde Villiers
Preceded by
The Earl Granville
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
1855
Succeeded by
Matthew Talbot Baines
Preceded by
The Duke of Argyll
Lord Privy Seal
1855–1857
Succeeded by
The Marquess of Clanricarde
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Dudley Ryder
Earl of Harrowby
1847–1882
Succeeded by
Dudley Ryder