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Dudley Ryder, 1st Earl of Harrowby (1762-1847), Statesman

Sitter in 12 portraits
Dudley Ryder was elected to his father's old Parliament seat of Tiverton in 1784, where he remained throughout his Commons career. William Pitt, the premier, became his friend and political patron and in 1790 Pitt appointed him Vice President of the Board of Trade, a post he held for eleven years. Ryder was in favour of abolition of the slave trade and of Catholic emancipation. On his father's death in 1803, he succeeded to the peerage, and in 1805 Pitt made him Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. He resigned with his colleagues after Pitt's death and did not take office again until 1809, when he was appointed President of the Board of Control. He later served as Lord President of the Council.