Definition of Lord Palmerston from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Lord Palmerston

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Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (1784-1865) an English prime minister (1855-58 and 1859-65). He began his career as a Tory, but in 1830 he became Foreign Secretary for the Whig government. He was well known for using the armed forces to protect British interests in other countries. He was Prime Minister during the Crimean War and the Indian Mutiny, and nearly involved Britain in the American Civil War.