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William Lamb, 2d Viscount Melbourne, Lord Melbourne


Politician. Called to the bar, 1804, but gave up the law for politics in 1805. MP for Leominster, 1806; for Portarlington, 1807–12; for Peterborough, 1816–19; for Hertfordshire, 1819–26; for Bletchingley, 1827–8. Irish secretary, 1827–8. On the death of his father in 1828, took his seat in the House of Lords. Home secretary, 1830–4. Prime minister, 1834; 1835–41.




ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.