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Frederick Thesiger, 1st Baron Chelmsford

(1794-1878), Lord Chancellor

Sitter in 15 portraits
Originally destined for a naval career, Thesiger left the Navy after becoming heir to his father's West Indian estates. However, a year after moving to St Vincent, a volcano destroyed the estate and impoverished his family. Thesiger proceeded to practise as a barrister in England, joining the home circuit and Surrey sessions, soon becoming the leading counsel. In 1834 he became King's Counsel and in 1840 he entered parliament as Conservative MP. Four years later he was made Solicitor-General and shortly afterwards became Attorney-General. On the fall of Peel's government in 1846 he returned to private practice. He later became Attorney General again in 1852 and was made Lord Chancellor in 1858.

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