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Death: Died
Occupation: Prime Minister
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About Frederick John Robinson, 1st Viscount Goderich

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Frederick John Robinson, 1st Earl of Ripon, PC (1 November 1782 – 28 January 1859), better known with the title The 1st Viscount Goderich, was a British statesman and Prime Minister.

He was born to the 2nd Baron Grantham and his wife, the former Lady Mary Yorke. After studying at Harrow and St John's College, Cambridge, Robinson entered Parliament in 1806. He was made a Privy Counsellor in 1812, and served in various minor positions in the government of Lord Liverpool, including joint-Paymaster of the Forces, from which position he sponsored the Corn Laws of 1815, before entering the Cabinet in 1818 as President of the Board of Trade. In 1823 Robinson succeeded Nicholas Vansittart as Chancellor of the Exchequer. While he held this position he was called "Prosperity Robinson" by the sarcastic journalist William Cobbett. Cobbett also gave him the name "Goody Goderich" during an economic crisis in 1825.

In 1827 he was raised to the Peerage as Viscount Goderich, of Nocton in the County of Lincoln, and served as Secretary of State for War and the Colonies and Leader of the House of Lords in George Canning's short-lived government. On Canning's death Goderich succeeded him as leader of a tenuous coalition of moderate Tories - also known as the Canningites - and Whigs, but it only lasted a few months and did not even meet Parliament. Goderich had been an able minister but when it came to leading he was unsure and the government couldn't be run effectively as a number of Tory MPs stepped in to become the unofficial Prime Minister in an effort to help Goderich run the country. It is reported that when Goderich resigned to King George IV he burst into tears and the King had to lend Goderich a handkerchief as he didn't have one. Goderich was succeeded by the Duke of Wellington.

In 1830 Goderich moved over to the Whigs and joined Lord Grey's cabinet, again as Colonial Secretary. In 1833 he was created Earl of Ripon, and became Lord Privy Seal. But the next year he broke with the Whigs over Irish church reform.

He later served in Sir Robert Peel's second administration as President of the Board of Trade (1841–1843) and then as President of the Board of Control (1843–1846).

His son, George, Viscount Goderich (who succeeded him as Earl of Ripon and was later created Marquis of Ripon), was a noted Liberal statesman and Cabinet Minister.

Lord Ripon served as President of the Royal Geographical Society from 1830 to 1833, and President of the Royal Society of Literature from 1834 to 1845.

-------------------- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_John_Robinson,_1st_Viscount_Goderich

Frederick John Robinson, 1st Earl of Ripon, PC (1 November 1782 – 28 January 1859), better known with the title The 1st Viscount Goderich, was a British statesman and Prime Minister.

He was born to the 2nd Baron Grantham and his wife, the former Lady Mary Yorke. After studying at Harrow and St John's College, Cambridge, Robinson entered Parliament in 1806. He was made a Privy Counsellor in 1812, and served in various minor positions in the government of Lord Liverpool, including joint-Paymaster of the Forces, from which position he sponsored the Corn Laws of 1815, before entering the Cabinet in 1818 as President of the Board of Trade. In 1823 Robinson succeeded Nicholas Vansittart as Chancellor of the Exchequer. While he held this position he was called "Prosperity Robinson" by the sarcastic journalist William Cobbett. Cobbett also gave him the name "Goody Goderich" during an economic crisis in 1825.

In 1827 he was raised to the Peerage as Viscount Goderich, of Nocton in the County of Lincoln, and served as Secretary of State for War and the Colonies and Leader of the House of Lords in George Canning's short-lived government. On Canning's death Goderich succeeded him as leader of a tenuous coalition of moderate Tories - also known as the Canningites - and Whigs, but it only lasted a few months and did not even meet Parliament. Goderich had been an able minister but when it came to leading he was unsure and the government couldn't be run effectively as a number of Tory MPs stepped in to become the unofficial Prime Minister in an effort to help Goderich run the country. It is reported that when Goderich resigned to King George IV he burst into tears and the King had to lend Goderich a handkerchief as he didn't have one. Goderich was succeeded by the Duke of Wellington.

In 1830 Goderich moved over to the Whigs and joined Lord Grey's cabinet, again as Colonial Secretary. In 1833 he was created Earl of Ripon, and became Lord Privy Seal. But the next year he broke with the Whigs over Irish church reform.

He later served in Sir Robert Peel's second administration as President of the Board of Trade (1841–1843) and then as President of the Board of Control (1843–1846).

His son, George, Viscount Goderich (who succeeded him as Earl of Ripon and was later created Marquis of Ripon), was a noted Liberal statesman and Cabinet Minister.

Lord Ripon served as President of the Royal Geographical Society from 1830 to 1833, and President of the Royal Society of Literature from 1834 to 1845.

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