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The Right Honourable
The Viscount Melbourne
PC FRS
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
In office
18 April 1835 â€“ 30 August 1841
Monarch William IV
Victoria
Preceded by Sir Robert Peel, Bt
Succeeded by Sir Robert Peel, Bt
In office
16 July 1834 â€“ 14 November 1834
Monarch William IV
Preceded by The Earl Grey
Succeeded by The Duke of Wellington
Leader of the Opposition
In office
30 August 1841 â€“ October 1842
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel, Bt
Preceded by Sir Robert Peel, Bt
Succeeded by Lord John Russell
In office
14 November 1834 â€“ 18 April 1835
Monarch William IV
Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel, Bt
Preceded by The Duke of Wellington
Succeeded by Sir Robert Peel, Bt
Home Secretary
In office
22 November 1830 â€“ 16 July 1834
Prime Minister The Earl Grey
Preceded by Sir Robert Peel, Bt
Succeeded by The Viscount Duncannon
Chief Secretary for Ireland
In office
29 April 1827 â€“ 21 June 1828
Prime Minister George Canning
The Viscount Goderich
The Duke of Wellington
Preceded by Henry Goulburn
Succeeded by Lord Francis Leveson-Gower
Personal details
Born (1779-03-15)15 March 1779
London, England
Died 24 November 1848(1848-11-24) (aged 69)
Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) Lady Caroline Ponsonby (m. 1805; d. 1828)
Children 2
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge
Religion Church of England

It is safest to take the unpopular side in the first instance. Transit from the unpopular is easy… but from the popular to the unpopular is so steep and rugged that it is impossible to maintain it.
William Lamb Melbourne
What I want is men who will support me when I am in the wrong.
Neither man nor woman can be worth anything until they have discovered that they are fools.
William Lamb Melbourne