Hans Stanley

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Hans Stanley PC (23 September 1721 – 12 January 1780) was a British diplomat and statesman.

Early life[edit]

Stanley was christened on 9 October 1721 at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London.

Peace negotiator[edit]

In 1761 Stanley was Chargé d'affaires at the Embassy to France. He was the representative of the British government in trying to negotiate a peace agreement with France to bring to an end the Seven Years' War.

He was appointed to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty on 17 June 1762 and became a member of the Privy Council the same year.

Later life[edit]

From 1766 to 1767 he was an Ambassador from the United Kingdom to Russia. Stanley was the Cofferer of the Household for two terms: 1766–1774 and 1776–1780. He was elected Member of Parliament for Southampton on 15 April 1754, a seat he maintained until his death. He was Governor of the Isle of Wight or Vice Admiral from 1764 until his death in 1780 and resided at a cottage at Steephill Manor.[1] Hans Stanley committed suicide by cutting his throat, “ in a sudden fit of frenzy”, at Althorp, the home of John Spencer, 1st Earl Spencer in Northamptonshire. He was the grandson of Sir Hans Sloane and the first cousin one time removed of John 'Mad Jack' Fuller.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Victoria County History". British History Online, University of London & History of Parliament Trust. 1912. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Peter Delmé
Anthony Langley Swymmer
Member of Parliament for Southampton
1754 – 1780
With: Anthony Langley Swymmer to 1760
Henry Dawkins 1760–68
Viscount Palmerston 1760–74
John Fleming 1774–80
Succeeded by
John 'Mad Jack' Fuller
John Fleming
Political offices
Preceded by
Earl of Scarbrough
Cofferer of the Household
1766–1774
Succeeded by
Jeremiah Dyson
Preceded by
Jeremiah Dyson
Cofferer of the Household
1776–1780
Succeeded by
Lord Beauchamp
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Lord Holmes
Governor of the Isle of Wight
1764–1766
Succeeded by
The Duke of Bolton
Vice-Admiral of the Isle of Wight
1765–1767
Preceded by
The Duke of Bolton
Governor of the Isle of Wight
1770–1780
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Worsley
Vice-Admiral of the Isle of Wight
1771–1780