William Lowther, 2nd Earl of Lonsdale

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The Right Honourable
The Earl of Lonsdale
FRS PC
Postmaster General
In office
9 September 1841 – 30 December 1845
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel, Bt
Preceded by The Earl of Lichfield
Succeeded by The Earl of St Germans
Lord President of the Council
In office
27 February 1852 – 17 December 1852
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister The Earl of Derby
Preceded by The Marquess of Lansdowne
Succeeded by The Earl Granville
Personal details
Born 21 July 1787 (1787-07-21)
Died 4 March 1872 (1872-03-05)
Nationality British
Political party Tory
Spouse(s) Unmarried

William Lowther, 2nd Earl of Lonsdale PC, FRS (21 July 1787 – 4 March 1872), styled Viscount Lowther between 1807 and 1844, was a British Tory politician.

Background[edit]

Lonsdale was the eldest son of William Lowther, 1st Earl of Lonsdale, and Lady Augusta, daughter of John Fane, 9th Earl of Westmorland. Henry Lowther was his younger brother.[1] He was educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge.[2]

Political career[edit]

Lonsdale was returned to parliament for Cockermouth in 1808, a seat he held until 1813,[3] and later represented Westmorland between 1813 and 1831 and 1832 and 1841,[4] Dunwich in 1832[5] and West Cumberland between 1832 and 1833.[6] He was sworn of the Privy Council in 1818[7] and served under the Duke of Wellington as First Commissioner of Woods and Forests between 1828 and 1830 and under Sir Robert Peel as Treasurer of the Navy and Vice-President of the Board of Trade between 1834 and 1835.

In 1841 he was summoned to the House of Lords through a writ of acceleration in his father's junior title of Baron Lowther and held office under Peel as Postmaster General between 1841 and 1845. In 1844 he succeeded his father in the earldom of Lonsdale. He held his last ministerial office as Lord President of the Council,[8] with a seat in the cabinet, in 1852, in the Earl of Derby's first administration.

Lonsdale was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society on 5 July 1810.[9] He was also Lord Lieutenant of Cumberland and Westmorland between 1844 and 1868.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Lord Lonsdale never married. He died in March 1872, aged 84, and was succeeded in the earldom by his nephew, Henry.[1] A marble bust of him was sculpted by Edward Bowring Stephens, now in the National Trust collection at Hughenden Manor, Buckinghamshire.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir James Graham, Bt
John Osborn
Member of Parliament for Cockermouth
1808–1813
With: Sir James Graham, Bt 1808–1812
Sir John Lowther, Bt 1812
Augustus Foster 1812–1813
Succeeded by
Augustus Foster
Thomas Wallace
Preceded by
The Lord Muncaster
Hon. Henry Lowther
Member of Parliament for Westmorland
1813 – 1831
With: Hon. Henry Lowther
Succeeded by
Hon. Henry Lowther
Alexander Nowell
Preceded by
Frederick Barne
Earl of Brecknock
Member of Parliament for Dunwich
1832
With: Frederick Barne
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for West Cumberland
1832 – 1833
With: Edward Stanley
Succeeded by
Samuel Irton
Edward Stanley
Preceded by
Hon. Henry Lowther
Alexander Nowell
Member of Parliament for Westmorland
18321841
With: Hon. Henry Lowther
Succeeded by
Hon. Henry Lowther
William Thompson
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Arbuthnot
First Commissioner of Woods and Forests
1828–1830
Succeeded by
Hon. George Agar-Ellis
Preceded by
Charles Poulett Thomson
Treasurer of the Navy
1834–1835
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Parnell, Bt
Vice-President of the Board of Trade
1834–1835
Succeeded by
Henry Labouchere
Preceded by
The Earl of Lichfield
Postmaster General
1841–1845
Succeeded by
The Earl of St Germans
Preceded by
The Marquess of Lansdowne
Lord President of the Council
1852
Succeeded by
The Earl Granville
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Lonsdale
Lord Lieutenant of Cumberland and Westmorland
1844–1868
Succeeded by
Henry Lowther
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Lowther
Earl of Lonsdale
1844 – 1872
Succeeded by
Henry Lowther
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Lowther
Baron Lowther
(writ of acceleration)

1841 – 1844
Succeeded by
Henry Lowther