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Birth of Charles Poulett Thomson, Whig MP for Dover 1826-32 & Manchester 1832-39

Thomson joined Earl Grey’s government in 1830 as Vice-President of the Board of Trade and Treasurer of the Navy. Under Lord Melbourne he was promoted to President of the Board of Trade in 1834 and again 1835-39. In 1839 Thomson was raised to the peerage as Baron Sydenham and succeeded the Earl of Durham as Governor General of Canada, where he died less than two years into his term of office.