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Edward Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby

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Stanley on the cover of Time, 1930

Edward George Villiers Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby (4 April 18654 February 1948) was an English politician around the turn of the 20th century.

He was the son of the 16th Earl of Derby. He joined the Grenadier Guards as a lieutenant, and served in that regiment between 1885 and 1895. He also served as Secretary of State for War (two separate times) and Ambassador to France. He married Lady Alice Maude Olivia Montagu, daughter of the 7th Duke of Manchester; they had three children together. Two of them, Edward and Oliver achieved the rare distinction of sitting in the same Cabinet between May and October 1938 until Edward's death.

He served as honoury president of the Rugby Football League, and donated a cup for the French authorities to use for a knock-out competition. This is now known as the Lord Derby Cup


Preceded by:
Austen Chamberlain
Postmaster General
1903–1905
Succeeded by:
Sidney Buxton
Preceded by:
David Lloyd George
Secretary of State for War
1916–1918
Succeeded by:
The Viscount Milner
Preceded by:
Laming Worthington-Evans
Secretary of State for War
1921–1922
Succeeded by:
Stephen Walsh

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Preceded by:
Frederick Arthur Stanley
Earl of Derby
Succeeded by:
Edward John Stanley

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