William Lamb Melbourne

(William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne)

William Lamb Melbourne
William Lamb Melbourne
  • Born: March 15, 1779
  • Died: November 24, 1848
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Politician

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William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, PC, PC, FRS (15 March 1779 – 24 November 1848) was a British Whig statesman who served as Home Secretary (1830–1834) and Prime Minister (1834 and 1835–1841). He is best known for his intense and successful mentoring of Queen Victoria in the ways of politics, when she was between the ages of 18 and 21. Historians have concluded that Melbourne does not rank highly as a Prime Minister, for there were no great foreign wars or domestic issues to handle, he lacked major achievements, and he enunciated no grand principles. "But he was kind, honest and not self-seeking."

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