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About Lord Arthur Russell

Lord Arthur John Edward Russell (14 June 1825 – 4 April 1892) was a British Liberal Party politician.

He was born in London on 14 June 1825, the second of three sons of Major-General Lord George William Russell and Elizabeth Anne Rawdon, daughter of the Hon. John Theophilus Rawdon, himself second son of the 1st Earl of Moira. His elder brother was Francis, later 9th Duke of Bedford and his younger brother was Odo, later 1st Baron Ampthill.

He was educated in Germany and from 1849 to 1854 he was private Secretary to his uncle, the Liberal Prime Minister Lord John Russell. Between 1857 and 1885, he sat as Member of Parliament (MP) for Tavistock. He only spoke rarely in the Commons, once in reply to an attack on his brother Odo.

On 25 September 1865, Russell married Laura de Peyronnet, daughter of Paul Louis Jules, Vicomte de Peyronnet. They had six children, Harold Russell, Flora Russell, the diplomat Sir Claud Russell, Caroline Russell, Major Gilbert Russell and Conrad Russell.

He was raised to the rank of a Duke's son on 25 June 1872 and was then known as Lord Arthur Russell.

He was a great clubman and belonged to Brooks's, the Athenaeum, the Cosmopolitan, Grillion's, THE CLUB, and the Metaphysical Society. He was involved in the Senate of the University of London, serving on this body from 1875 to his death.

Russell died on 4 April 1892 at 2 Audley Square, London, and was buried in Brompton Cemetery, London.

The ideological gulf between Britain and the new German Empire was stressed by Lord Russell in 1872:

Prussia now represents all that is most antagonistic to the liberal and democratic ideas of the age; military despotism, the rule of the sword, contempt for sentimental talk, indifference to human suffering, imprisonment of independent opinion, transfer by force of unwilling populations to a hateful yoke, disregard of European opinion, total want of greatness and generosity, etc., etc."[1]

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Lord Arthur Russell's Timeline

1825
June 13, 1825
1865
September 25, 1865
Age 40
1868
January 23, 1868
Age 42
1869
September 28, 1869
Age 44
1871
December 8, 1871
Age 46
1874
January 2, 1874
Age 48
1875
June 1, 1875
Age 49
1878
April 3, 1878
Age 52
1892
April 4, 1892
Age 66
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Chenies, Buckinghamshire, UK