Edward Stanley, 2nd Baron Stanley of Alderley

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Stanley of Alderley
PC
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Lord Stanley of Alderley, 1856.
President of the Board of Trade
In office
31 March 1855 – 21 February 1858
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister The Viscount Palmerston
Preceded by Edward Cardwell
Succeeded by Joseph Warner Henley
Postmaster General
In office
17 August 1860 – 26 June 1866
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister The Viscount Palmerston
The Earl Russell
Preceded by The Earl of Elgin
Succeeded by The Duke of Montrose
Personal details
Born 13 November 1802 (1802-11-13)
Died 16 June 1869 (1869-06-17)
Nationality British
Political party Whig
Liberal
Spouse(s) Hon. Henrietta Dillon
(1807–1895)

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.

Background[edit]

Stanley was the son of John Stanley, 1st Baron Stanley of Alderley, and Lady Maria Josepha, daughter of John Holroyd, 1st Earl of Sheffield.

Political career[edit]

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[1] 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.[2] 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.

Family[edit]

Lord Stanley of Alderley married Henrietta Maria (21 December 1807 – 16 February 1895), a daughter of Viscount Dillon, in 1826. Lord and Lady Stanley of Alderley had ten children:

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)

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Fortescue
John Weyland
Member of Parliament for Hindon
18311832
With: John Weyland
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for North Cheshire
18321841
With: William Egerton
Succeeded by
William Tatton Egerton
George Legh
Preceded by
William Egerton
George Legh
Member of Parliament for North Cheshire
1847 – 1848
With: William Egerton
Succeeded by
William Egerton
George Legh
Political offices
Preceded by
Viscount Howick
Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department
1834
Succeeded by
W. Gregson
Preceded by
Sir George Clerk, Bt
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
1835 – 1841
Succeeded by
Sir Denis Le Marchant, Bt
Preceded by
Sir Henry Parnell, Bt
Paymaster-General
1841
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Knatchbull, Bt
Preceded by
George Smythe
Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
1846 – 1852
Succeeded by
Austen Henry Layard
Preceded by
The Earl Granville
Paymaster-General
Vice-President of the Board of Trade

1852
Succeeded by
The Lord Colchester
Preceded by
The Lord Colchester
Paymaster-General
Vice-President of the Board of Trade

1853 – 1855
Succeeded by
Edward Pleydell Bouverie
Preceded by
Edward Cardwell
President of the Board of Trade
1855 – 1858
Succeeded by
Joseph Warner Henley
Preceded by
The Earl of Elgin
Postmaster General
1860 – 1866
Succeeded by
The Duke of Montrose
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Eddisbury
1848 – 1869
Succeeded by
Henry Stanley
Preceded by
John Stanley
Baron Stanley of Alderley
1850 – 1869