Frederick Arthur, 16th Earl of Derby


Ref. No.: KN66
Date of Photo: 1893.

Frederick was born 15th January 1841 the second son of Edward Geoffrey Stanley, 14th Earl and younger brother of Edward Henry Stanley, 15th Earl who died without issue.

Frederick was educated at Eton and joined the Grenadier Guards in 1858. On leaving the army he was returned to the House of Commons as a Conservative member for Preston.

When his father resigned as Prime Minister in February 1868, he was appointed Civil Lord of the Admiralty by Disraeli, the new Prime Minister. He held many positions including Secretary of State to the War Office and President of the Board of Trade and was a member of the cabinet and a Privy Councillor. Between 1888-1893 he was Governor General of Canada, returning from Canada upon the death of his brother in April 1893.

In Liverpool he was a prominent and active figure, serving as the first Lord Mayor of Greater Liverpool from 1895-1896 and Chancellor of Liverpool University from it's foundation in 1903. He entertained lavishly at Knowsley, where Edward VII was regularly amongst his guests. He married in 1864, Lady Constance, eldest daughter of George William Frederick Villiers, fourth Earl of Clarendon. He had seven sons and one daughter. His eldest son Edward George Villiers Stanley succeeded him to the title on his death in 1908.

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