Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston
Born in London on 20th October 1784 he was the eldest of five children of Henry Temple and Mary Mee.
During his time in parliament, which began in 1805, he was a member of two political parties. The - Tory -
party and the - Whig -
party - (which became the Liberal Party)
His highly successful - political career -
is too long to list here.
He served as Prime Minister for two terms, between 1855 and 1858, then from 1861 to 1865 - as a Whig.
He died at 10.45 a.m. on Wednesday 18th October 1865, aged 80, just two days before his 81st birthday. He was the most recent British Prime Minister to die in office
It is said that his last words were, "Die, my dear Doctor. That is the last thing I shall do!"
He had hoped to be buried at Romsey Abbey, close to his home at - Broadlands -
, but was given a State Funeral and was buried with Full Honours at Westminster Abbey.
He is one of only three British Prime Ministers to be awarded this honour. The others were The Right Honourable William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898) and The Right Honourable Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965).** If the coloured links on this page are unusual colours I apologise. I have no idea what's happened, it's been reported and will hopefully be fixed soon.**edit
Multicoloured text fixed, thanks John :).