As a Member of Parliament for the Whig party from 1813, Lord John Russell's efforts to reform Parliament contributed to the introduction of the Reform Act in 1832. Prime Minister (1846–1852 and 1865–1866), and Foreign Secretary (1859–1865), he exemplified the Whig doctrines of civil rights, toleration of dissent and respect for education.
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National Portrait Gallery, London
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