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John Somerset Pakington, 1st Baron Hampton (1799-1880), Politician, First Lord of the Admiralty and Secretary of State for War

Sitter in 12 portraits
John Pakington entered Parliament as MP for Droitwich in 1837, a seat he held until 1874. He began his parliamentary career as a Whig supporter of Peel, but he grew more conservative and by 1852, he was clearly identified with the Conservatives. He was Secretary of State for War and the Colonies in Lord Derby's 1852 government, and First Lord of the Admiralty in Derby's 1858 and 1866 governments. In 1867, Pakington moved back to the War Office, and continued to serve in that office under Benjamin Disraeli. He was created a baronet in 1846 and Baron Hampton in 1874.