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Richard Wellesley, 1st Marquess Wellesley

Personal data
Date of birth20 June 1760 ,
Place of birthDangan Castle, County Meath
Date of death16 September 1842(age 82)
Place of deathKnightsbridge, London
NationalityBritish
Political partyWhig
Spouse(1) Hyacinthe Gabrielle Roland
(1766 1816)
(2) Marianne Caton (d. 1853)
Alma materChrist Church, Oxford
Governor-General of the Presidency of Fort William
In office18 May 1798 - 30 July 1805
MonarchGeorge III
Prime ministerWilliam Pitt the Younger
Henry Addington
Succeeded byThe Marquess Cornwallis
Preceded bySir Alured Clarke
(provisional)
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
In office6 December 1809 - 4 March 1812
MonarchGeorge III
Prime ministerHon. Spencer Perceval
Succeeded byViscount Castlereagh
Preceded byThe Earl Bathurst
Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
In office8 December 1821 - 27 February 1828
MonarchGeorge IV
Prime ministerThe Earl of Liverpool
George Canning
The Viscount Goderich
Succeeded byThe Marquess of Anglesey
Preceded byThe Earl Talbot
In office12 September 1833 - November 1834
MonarchWilliam IV
Prime ministerThe Earl Grey
Succeeded byThe Earl of Haddington
Preceded byThe Marquess of Anglesey

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Richard Colley Wesley, later Wellesley, 1st Marquess Wellesley, KG, PC, PC (Ire) (20 June 1760 26 September 1842), styled Viscount Wellesley from birth until 1781, was an Anglo-Irish politician and colonial administrator.

He was the eldest son of Garret Wesley, 1st Earl of Mornington, an Irish peer, and brother of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. He first made his name as Governor-General of India between 1798 and 1805 and later served as Foreign Secretary in the British Cabinet and as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.


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