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The Earl of Ripon

Frederick John Robinson, 1st Earl of Ripon by Sir Thomas Lawrence cropped.jpg
Lord Goderich by Thomas Lawrence, c. 1824
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
In office
31 August 1827 – 21 January 1828
Monarch George IV
Preceded by George Canning
Succeeded by The Duke of Wellington
Chancellor of the Exchequer
In office
31 January 1823 – 20 April 1827
Monarch George IV
Prime Minister The Earl of Liverpool
Preceded by Nicholas Vansittart
Succeeded by George Canning
President of the Board of Trade
In office
24 January 1818 – 21 February 1823
Prime Minister The Earl of Liverpool
Preceded by The Earl of Clancarty
Succeeded by William Huskisson
In office
3 September 1841 – 15 May 1843
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel
Preceded by Henry Labouchere
Succeeded by William Ewart Gladstone
Personal details
Frederick John Robinson

(1782-11-01)1 November 1782
Skelton-on-Ure, Yorkshire, England
Died 28 January 1859(1859-01-28) (aged 76)
Putney Heath, Surrey, England
Resting place All Saints' Church, Nocton
Political party
Sarah Hobart (m. 1814)
Father 2nd Baron Grantham
Alma mater St John's College, Cambridge
Arms of Robinson of Newby: Vert, a chevron between three bucks at gaze or
Newby Hall, Robinson's birthplace

Frederick John Robinson, 1st Earl of Ripon, PC (1 November 1782 – 28 January 1859), styled The Honourable F. J. Robinson until 1827 and known between 1827 and 1833 as The Viscount Goderich (pronounced godrich), the name by which he is best known to history, was a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1827 to 1828.

A member of the rural landowning aristocracy, Robinson entered politics through family connections. In the House of Commons he rose through junior ministerial ranks, achieving cabinet office in 1818 as President of the Board of Trade. In 1823 he was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer, a post he held for four years. In 1827 he was raised to the peerage, and in the House of Lords was Leader of the House and Secretary of State for War and the Colonies.

When the Prime Minister, George Canning, died in 1827 Goderich succeeded him, but was unable to hold together Canning's fragile coalition of moderate Tories and Whigs. He resigned after 144 days in office, the shortest in history for any British prime minister who did not die in office.

After leaving the premiership Goderich served in the cabinets of two of his successors, the Earl Grey and Sir Robert Peel.

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