Born in 1792 and died in 1878. He was the third son of the Duke of Bedford
and served as the British Prime Minister for the Whig
s on two separate occasions. His first ministry
was between the years of 1846 and 1852, in which time he oversaw the passing of the first Public Health
Act of 1848 and the Public Libraries
Act of 1850. His second ministry was much shorter, between the years of 1865 and 1866 and was brought about by the death of Lord Palmerston
. This ministry was comparatively uneventful compared to his first, with the Morant Bay mutiny in Jamaica the only real point of excitement. His time as Prime Minister
was ended by the Adullamites
' revolt over the Third reform Act, which propossed the extension of the franchise
to the artisans
Other achievements of note include his steering of the Great Reform Act of 1832 through the House of Commons as the Prime Minister of at the time (Earl Grey) had been sitting in the House of Lords.
sources: 'The Extension of the franchise 1832 to 1931' by Bob Whitfiled, 'The Challenge of Democracy' by Hugh Cunningham and too many history lessons.
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