Robert Peel Biography

Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Baronet was a British Conservative statesman, who twice served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 10 December 1834 to 8 April 1835, and again from 30 August 1841 to 29 June 1846. The son of a wealthy textile manufacturer, he served in many top offices over four decades. While serving as Home Secretary, Peel reformed and liberalised the criminal law, and created the modern police force, leading to a new type of officer known in tribute to him as "bobbies" and "peelers". He cut tariffs to stimulate business; to replace the lost revenue he pushed through a 3% income tax. He played a central role in making Free Trade a reality and set up a modern banking system. Initially a supporter of legal discrimination against Catholics, Peel eventually supported the Roman Catholic Relief Act 1829, claiming "though emancipation was a great danger, civil strife was a greater danger". Peel has been criticised for his handling of the Irish famine. In 1834, Peel issued the Tamworth Manifesto, laying down the principles upon which the modern British Conservative Party is based. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Robert Peel
Nationality:
United Kingdom
Profession:
Politician
Religion:
Anglicanism
Date of Birth:
February 5, 1788
Astrological Sign:
Aquarius
Date of Death:
July 2, 1850
Age at Death:
62
Marriages
  • 1820-07-14
    British PM Robert Peel (32) weds Sir John Floyd's daughter Julia at St George's, Hanover Square in London
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