::William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne


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{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Use dmy dates |date=__DATE__ |$B= }} {{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, usually addressed as Lord Melbourne, (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, at ages 18–21, in the ways of politics. Historians conclude that Melbourne does not rank high 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."<ref>J. A. Cannon " Melbourne, William Lamb, 2nd Viscount," in John Cannon, ed., The Oxford Companion to British History (2009) p 634</ref> Melbourne was dismissed by the King in 1834, the last Prime Minister to have been dismissed by a Monarch.

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Intro  Early life  Home Secretary: 1830\u20131834  Prime Minister: 1834, 1835\u20131841  Later life (1841\u20131848)  Legacy  Melbourne's governments  Notes   Bibliography   External links  

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