Edward Stanley, 2nd Baron Stanley of Alderley
|The Right Honourable
The Lord Stanley of Alderley
|Lord Stanley of Alderley, 1856.|
|President of the Board of Trade|
31 March 1855 – 21 February 1858
|Prime Minister||The Viscount Palmerston|
|Preceded by||Edward Cardwell|
|Succeeded by||Joseph Warner Henley|
17 August 1860 – 26 June 1866
|Prime Minister||The Viscount Palmerston
The Earl Russell
|Preceded by||The Earl of Elgin|
|Succeeded by||The Duke of Montrose|
|Born||13 November 1802|
|Died||16 June 1869|
|Spouse(s)||Hon. Henrietta Dillon
Edward John Stanley, 2nd Baron Stanley of Alderley PC (13 November 1802 – 16 June 1869), known as The Lord Eddisbury between 1848 and 1850, was a British politician.
Political career 
Stanley entered the House of Commons as Whig Member of Parliament (MP) for Hindon in 1831 and was later member for North Cheshire between 1832 and 1841, and between 1847 and 1848. He served under Lord Melbourne as Patronage Secretary to the Treasury from 1835 to 1841, as Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department in 1841 and as Paymaster-General in 1841 and under Lord John Russell as Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs between 1846 and 1852. He was sworn of the Privy Council in 1841 and in 1848, two years before he succeeded to the barony of Stanley, he was created Baron Eddisbury, of Winnington in the County Palatine of Chester. He was later President of the Board of Trade under Palmerston from 1855 to 1858 and Postmaster-General under Palmerston and then Russell from 1860 to 1866. In 1861 he established the Post Office Savings Bank.
- Henry Edward John, 3rd Baron Stanley of Alderley (1827–1903)
- Hon. Alice Margaret (1828–1910), wife of Augustus Pitt Rivers
- Hon. (Henrietta) Blanche (1830–1921), later Countess of Airlie, wife of David Ogilvy; a grandmother of Clementine Churchill, and a great-grandmother of the Mitford sisters
- Hon. Maude Alethea (1832–1915)
- Hon. Cecilia (d. 1839)
- Hon. John Constantine (1837–78)
- Edward Lyulph Stanley, 4th Baron Stanley of Alderley (1839–1925)
- Hon. Algernon Charles (1843–1928), Roman Catholic Bishop of Emmaus (in partibus)
- Hon. Katherine Louisa (1844–74), later Viscountess Amberley, wife of John Russell, Viscount Amberley; mother of the philosopher Bertrand Russell
- Hon. Rosalind Frances (1845–1921), later Countess of Carlisle, became the chatelaine of Castle Howard and a radical temperance campaigner.
Lord Stanley of Alderley died in June 1869, aged 66, and was succeeded by his eldest son, Henry. Lady Stanley of Alderley died in February 1895, aged 87.
In the 1930s his family's letters were published by his descendant Nancy Mitford as:
- The Ladies of Alderley: Letters 1841–1850 (Hamish Hamilton, 1938)
- The Stanleys of Alderley: Their letters 1851–1865 (Chapman & Hall, 1939)
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Edward Stanley