William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne

British politician (1779–1848)

William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne (15 March 1779 – 24 November 1848) was a Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

The Viscount Melbourne
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
In office
16 July 1834 – 14 November 1834
18 April 1835–30 August 1841
Preceded byThe Earl Grey
Sir Robert Peel, Bt
Succeeded byThe Duke of Wellington
Sir Robert Peel, Bt
Personal details
Born(1779-03-15)15 March 1779
London, England
Died24 November 1848(1848-11-24) (aged 69)
Political partyWhig

Lamb was elected to Parliament in 1806 as a member of the Whig party. Lamb served as Irish Secretary in the government.

Lamb became Lord Melbourne when his father died. His family home was in Melbourne in Derbyshire. Melbourne in Australia is named after William Lamb.

Melbourne became Home Secretary during Lord Grey's government. Grey resigned in 1834 and Melbourne became Prime Minister.

Melbourne was dismissed by King William IV who wanted the Robert Peel's party. Melbourne came back when the Whigs won the next election.

Melbourne was Prime Minister when Queen Victoria became queen. He helped her learn about how the government worked.

Melbourne helped to reduce the number of people killed for doing crimes. Melbourne also made changes to local government.

Melbourne resigned in 1841, and died on 24 November 1848.