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Robert Stewart, 2nd Marquess of Londonderry (Lord Castlereagh) (1769-1822), Statesman

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Usually known by his courtesy title 'Lord Castlereagh', Stewart entered Parliament in 1795. He first made his mark under Pitt as Chief Secretary for Ireland (1798-1801) when he crushed the Irish uprising and oversaw the Act of Union (1801). While Foreign Secretary (1812-22) he was responsible for uniting the powers that overthrew Napoleonand became the chief architect of the Treaty of Vienna, 1815. He played a key role in redrawing the boundaries of Europe and promoting diplomacy by conference whilst maintaining British prestige as a world power. Sensitive and melacholy, he committed suicide while in office.

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