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Henry John Temple, Lord Palmerston
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    (October 20, 1784-October 18, 1865)
    Born in Westminster, England, United Kingdom
    Third Viscount Palmerston
    British Secretary at War (1809-28), Foreign Secretary (1830-34,1835-41,1846-51) and Home Secretary (1852-55)
    Two-time British Prime Minister (1855-58,1859-65)
    His reputation as a womanizer got him nicknamed ‘Lord Cupid.’
    He was suspected of having fathered at least one child with his future wife, Emily Lamb, while she was still married to her first husband, Lord Cowper.
    He was a Tory turned Whig turned Liberal.
    He had an abrasive style as Foreign Secretary, leading to the nickname ‘Lord Pumice Stone.’
    He managed to alienate every other European power at some point during his time as foreign secretary.
    He was a professed opponent of slavery who rooted for the Confederacy to win the American Civil War.
    He was grazed by a bullet when Lt. Davies, a retired officer with a grievance about his application for a pension, shot at him as he walked up the steps of the War Office (April 1, 1818).
    After hearing that Davies was considered mad, he paid for his assailant’s legal defense. (Davies ended up being sent to the asylum at Bedlum.)
    When he was named the ‘other man’ in a divorce suit when he was 79, it increased his popularity. (Evidence suggests the suit was part of an attempt to blackmail Palmerston.)
    He was an unabashed patriot, with Lord Russell declaring, ‘His heart always beat for the honor of England.’
    In an episode of The Simpsons, he was Barney’s choice for Britain’s greatest prime minister.

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