Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (1784-1865) is probably the most famous statesman to be connected with the town. He was born in Westminster, but for much of his life lived at the family's country estate at Broadlands, near Romsey. He was MP for South Hampshire and a burgess of Southampton. He opened the newly-built Hartley Institution on the High Street in 1862. He is best remembered as a reforming Prime Minister and a jingoistic Foreign Secretary. His statue was erected in 1868 in what is now known as Palmerston Park.

John Henry Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

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Portrait by Francis Cruikshank, c.1855

see also

Further reading:
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2004, Volume 54 (see Temple, Henry John)
Lord Palmerston, by Jasper Ridley. (B/PAL)
Lord Palmerston, by Muriel Chamberlain. (B/TEM)


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