Lord John Russell - Chesham Place, London, UK
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N 51° 29.849 W 000° 09.278
30U E 697497 N 5708988
Quick Description: This rather faded LCC blue plaque to Lord John Russell is attached to a building on the south east side of Chesham Place at the junction with Lowndes Place.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 5/13/2014 11:11:29 AM
Waymark Code: WMKPWN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bill&ben
Views: 1

Long Description:

The London County Council (LCC) blue plaque tells us:


John Russell
1st Earl Russell
1792 - 1878
Prime Minister
lived here

The UK Government website tells us about Lord Russell:

“I have made mistakes, but in all I did my object was the public good.”

Lord John Russell served twice as prime minister. Neither period of office proved smooth, and his achievements were limited by weak leadership and difficult circumstances.

Born prematurely on 18 August 1792, Lord John Russell was the third son of the Duke of Bedford.

Lord Russell came to Parliamentary attention for helping to write the 1832 Reform Bill, which increased the number of people eligible to vote.

He served as Leader of the Commons, and later as Home Secretary and Colonial Secretary under Melbourne. He then went on to lead the opposition to Peel’s government, but supported Robert Peel in repealing the Corn Laws.

In 1846 after Peel resigned, Russell became leader himself.

Due to party disunity and his own ineffectual leadership, he was unable to get past many of the measures he wanted. His government also had to face problems including poor trade, high unemployment and the Irish potato famine.

As Prime Minister, he did manage to liberalise trade and limited women’s working hours. The Education Act of 1847 improved pay for teachers and granted money to non-conformist schools. The Australian Colonies Act of 1850 gave representative government to New South Wales. He also achieved improvements to the Poor Law.

Russell was forced to resign by his independent-minded Foreign Secretary, Lord Palmerston. He then served briefly as Foreign Secretary under the Earl of Aberdeen, and then later under Lord Palmerston, having made up his differences with him.

In 1861 he was created Earl Russell. When Lord Palmerston suddenly died in 1865, he formed a second government. His advanced age was outweighed by Queen Victoria’s trust in him but, when he immediately tried to introduce a further Reform Bill to extend the political franchise, his Cabinet failed to support him. He resigned with little regret the following year.

Blue Plaque managing agency: London County Council

Individual Recognized: Lord John Russell

Physical Address:
37 Chesham Place
London, United Kingdom

Web Address: [Web Link]

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