Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Aberdeen, George Hamilton Gordon, Earl of
ABERDEEN, GEORGE HAMILTON GORDON, EARL OF, born in 1784. He took office as Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in 1828, in the ministry formed under the Duke of Wellington, and in 1843 in the Peel ministry. In 1853, Earl Aberdeen was selected to head a new ministry, which for some time was extremely popular. He endeavored to prevent the country from entering upon the conflict with Russia, but all his efforts were unvailing. Failing to receive sufficient support to carry out his measures, he resigned in 1855. Died Dec. 14, 1860.