|Countries||United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Kingdom of Great Britain|
|Birth||13 May 1788|
|Death||14 May 1861|
|Education||Trinity College, Westminster School|
Francis Russell, 7th Duke of Bedford (13 May 1788 – 14 May 1861), styled Marquess of Tavistock from 1802 to 1839, was a British peer and Whig politician.
Background and education
He was the son of John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford and his first wife the Hon. Georgiana Byng, second daughter of George Byng, 4th Viscount Torrington. Russell was educated at Westminster School and graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1808 as a Master of Arts. He succeeded his father as duke in 1839.
He entered the British House of Commons in 1809, sitting as Member of Parliament for Peterborough in the next three years. Subsequently, Russell represented Bedfordshire until 1832. In the following year, he was summoned to the House of Lords in his father's junior title Baron Howland of Streatham by a writ of acceleration. Russell was sworn of the Privy Council on 6 July 1846 and was invested as a Knight of the Order of the Garter on 26 March 1847. He was made a Special Deputy Warden of the Stannaries in 1852 and was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire in 1859, a post he held until his death in 1861.
Russell was the elder brother of John Russell, 1st Earl Russell, who was twice Prime Minister of Britain.
Russell died in 1861, aged 73, and was buried on 22 May at the ‘Bedford Chapel’ of St. Michael’s Church at Chenies, Buckinghamshire. He was succeeded in his titles by his only son William.