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Francis Russell, 9th Duke of Bedford

Francis Russell, 9th Duke of Bedford

politician from the United Kingdom
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Quick Facts
Intro politician from the United Kingdom
A.K.A. Francis Charles Hastings Russell, Francis Russell
Countries United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Occupations Politician Agronomist
Gender male
Birth 16 October 1819 (London)
Death 14 January 1891 (London)
Star sign Libra
Politics Liberal Party
Family
Mother: ElizabethLady William Russell
Father: Lord George Russell
Siblings: Odo Russell, 1st Baron AmpthillLord Arthur Russell
Spouse: Elizabeth Russell, Duchess of Bedford
Children: George Russell, 10th Duke of BedfordHerbrand Russell, 11th Duke of Bedford
The details
Biography

Francis Charles Hastings Russell, 9th Duke of BedfordKG (16 October 1819 – 14 January 1891) was an English politician and agriculturalist.

Life

Francis Charles Hastings Russell, 9th Duke of Bedford; Sir Robert Nigel Fitzhardinge Kingscote; George William John Repton by Camille Silvy
Garter encircled arms of Francis Russell, 9th Duke of Bedford, KG, as displayed on his Order of the Garter stall plate in St. George's Chapel.

The son of Major-General Lord George William Russell and Lady William Russell, and the grandson of John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford, Russell was born in Curzon Street, London, and commissioned into the Scots Fusilier Guards in 1838, retiring in 1844. He was Liberal Member of Parliament for Bedfordshire from 1847 until 1872, when he succeeded to the dukedom on the death of his cousin William Russell, 8th Duke of Bedford, and took his place in the House of Lords. In 1886, he broke with the party leadership of William Ewart Gladstone over the First Irish Home Rule Bill and became a Unionist.

He took an active interest in agriculture and experimentation on his Woburn Abbey estate and was President of the Royal Agricultural Society in 1880. On 1 December 1880, he was made a Knight of the Garter. From 1884 until his death he was Lord Lieutenant of Huntingdonshire.

He died in 1891, aged 71 at 81 Eaton Square, London, by shooting himself as a result of insanity, while suffering from pneumonia. After being cremated at Woking Crematorium, his ashes were buried at the ‘Bedford Chapel’ of St. Michael’s Church in Chenies, Buckinghamshire.

Family

He married Lady Elizabeth Sackville-West, daughter of George Sackville-West, 5th Earl De La Warr, on 18 January 1844. They had four children:

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References
http://isni.org/isni/0000000117434049
http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/24310
https://api.parliament.uk/historic-hansard/people/mr-francis-russell
https://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/nr95019472
https://viaf.org/viaf/66358256
https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q31178
https://www.worldcat.org/identities/containsVIAFID/66358256
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