Edward Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby

The Earl of Derby

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Secretary of State for War
In office
10 December 1916 – 18 April 1918
MonarchGeorge V
Prime MinisterDavid Lloyd George
Preceded byDavid Lloyd George
Succeeded byThe Viscount Milner
In office
24 October 1922 – 22 January 1924
MonarchGeorge V
Prime MinisterBonar Law
Stanley Baldwin
Preceded bySir Laming Worthington-Evans, Bt
Succeeded byStephen Walsh
Ambassador to France
In office
MonarchGeorge V
Preceded byThe Viscount Bertie of Thame
Succeeded byThe Lord Hardinge of Penshurst
Personal details
Edward George Villiers Stanley

(1865-04-08)8 April 1865
St James's Square, Westminster, London
Died4 February 1948(1948-02-04) (aged 82)
Knowsley Hall, Lancashire
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Lady Alice Montagu
(d. 1957)
Garter-encircled shield of arms of Edward Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby

Edward George Villiers Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby, KG, GCB, GCVO, TD, PC, JP (4 April 1865 – 4 February 1948), styled Mr Edward Stanley until 1886, then The Hon Edward Stanley and then Lord Stanley from 1893 to 1908, was a British soldier, Conservative politician, diplomat, and racehorse owner. He was twice Secretary of State for War and also served as British Ambassador to France.

Background and education

Derby was born at 23 St James's Square, London, the eldest son of Frederick Stanley (later the 16th Earl of Derby), by his wife Lady Constance Villiers. Frederick Stanley was the second son of Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby, who was three times Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Villiers was the daughter of the Liberal statesman George Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon. Edward Stanley was educated at Wellington College, Berkshire, where he boarded as a pupil of Stanley House, named in honour of his paternal grandfather the 14th Earl.