Frederick Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby

Frederick Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby

Frederick Arthur Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby, KG, GCB, GCVO, PC (15 January 184114 June 1908), known as Frederick Stanley until 1886 and as The Lord Stanley of Preston between 1886 and 1893, was a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom who served as Colonial Secretary from 1885 to 1886 and Governor General of Canada from 1888 to 1893. An avid sportsman, he is most famous for presenting the Stanley Cup. Stanley was a Freemason [Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon: [ A few famous freemasons.] ] .


The second son of Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby, a politician and British Prime Minister, and Emma Caroline Bootle-Wilbraham, daughter of Edward Bootle-Wilbraham, 1st Baron Skelmersdale, was educated at Eton and Sandhurst. He received a commission in the Grenadier Guards, rising to the rank of Captain. [ "Canada's Executive Head; Power and Emoluments of the Governor General. Almost Unlimited Authority Granted to Him -- An Expensive Luxury for Canadians Who Want to Choose Their Own Governor,"] "New York Times." November 5, 1891.]

Stanley married Lady Constance Villiers, a daughter of George Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon, on 31 May 1864. The couple had had ten children

He left the army for politics, serving as a Conservative Member of Parliament (for Preston from 1865 to 1868, North Lancashire from 1868 to 1885 and Blackpool from 1885 to 1886). In government, he served as a Civil Lord of the Admiralty (1868), Financial Secretary to the War Office (1874-1878), Secretary to the Treasury (1878), War Secretary (1878-1880) and Colonial Secretary (1885-1886).

In 1886 he was created Baron Stanley of Preston, in the County Palatine of Lancaster; and in government, he served as President of the Board of Trade (1886-1888), remaining in that office until he was appointed Governor General of Canada.

Governor General of Canada

Lord Stanley of Preston was appointed Governor General of Canada and Commander in Chief of Prince Edward's Island on May 1, 1888.

During his term as Governor General, he travelled often and widely throughout the country. His visit to western Canada in 1889 gave him a lasting appreciation of the region's great natural beauty as well as permitting him to meet the people of Canada's First Nations and many western ranchers and farmers. During his visit he dedicated Stanley Park, which is named after him. He also experienced the joys of fishing and avidly pursued the sport whenever his busy schedule allowed.

As Governor General, Lord Stanley of Preston was the third holder of that office to whom Queen Victoria granted the power of granting pardons to offenders or remitting sentences and fines and the power of mitigating capital or any other sentence.

When Sir John A. Macdonald died in office of heart failure on 6 June 1891, Stanley lost the close friendship he had enjoyed with the Prime Minister. Stanley asked Sir John Abbott to take over as Prime Minister. Once the government was in place, Abbott resigned due to illness and turned the government over to Sir John Thompson.

Lord Stanley of Preston helped cement the non-political role of the Governor General when, in 1891, he refused to agree to a controversial motion in the House of Commons. The motion called on him as Governor General to disallow the government of Quebec's Jesuit Estates Bill, which authorized paying $400,000 as compensation for land granted to the Jesuits by the King of France. The opposition to the bill was introduced by the other provinces who were motivated by mistrust of the Roman Catholic Church in Quebec. Stanley declined to interfere, citing the proposed disallowal as unconstitutional. In holding to this decision, he gained popularity by refusing to compromise the vice-regal position of political neutrality.

Lady Stanley of Preston, whom Sir Wilfrid Laurier described as "an able and witty woman", made a lasting contribution during her husband's term of office. In 1891, she founded the Lady Stanley Institute for Trained Nurses on Rideau Street, the first nursing school in Ottawa. She was also an enthusiastic fan of hockey games at the Rideau Rink.

tanley Cup

Stanley's sons became avid ice hockey players in Canada, playing in amateur leagues in Ottawa, and in consequence Lord and Lady Stanley became staunch hockey fans. In 1892, Stanley gave Canada a treasured national icon — the Stanley Cup. He originally donated the trophy as an award for Canada's top-ranking amateur hockey club. As of 1909, it became contested by professional teams only. Since 1926, only teams of the National Hockey League have competed for the trophy. This now famous cup bears Stanley's name as tribute to Stanley's encouragement and love of outdoor life and sport in Canada. In recognition of this, Stanley was inducted into the Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame in 1945 in the "Honoured Builders" category. The original size of the Stanley Cup was convert|7|in|mm and now is around convert|36|in|mm and 35 pounds. Unlike other sport trophies, the Cup is not remade every year.

Later years

Lord Stanley of Preston's term as Governor General of Canada was due to end in September 1893. However, in April of that year, his elder brother, the 15th Earl of Derby, died. Stanley succeeded him as the 16th Earl of Derby. As a result, he left Canada on 15 July 1893 and returned to England. An Administrator was appointed to fulfil his duties until Lord Aberdeen was sworn in that September.

Also in 1893, Toronto's "New Fort York" (built in 1841) was renamed The Stanley Barracks in Honour of Lord Stanley.

Back with his family in England, he soon became the Lord Mayor of Liverpool and the first Chancellor of the University of Liverpool. During the last years of his life, he increasingly dedicated himself to philanthropic work. Lord Derby died on 14 June 1908, and Lady Derby died on 17 April 1922.

After Edward Whymper made the first ascent of Stanley Peak in 1901, he named the mountain after Lord Derby.

Vancouver's Stanley Park and Stanley Theatre were also named after him [Mathison, Emily. [ "Things That Go Bump in the Night: Unearthly spirit sightings at a local landmark"] Retrieved on 2008-05-09.] as was Stanley Park, Blackpool.

With the possible exception of recordings of Thomas Alva Edison's own voice, a recording of Lord Stanley in 1888 may be the oldest known recording of a human voice to still exist.Fact|date=May 2008



* [ Biography at the "Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online"]

External links

* [ Website of the Governor General of Canada]
* [ Lord Stanley At Find A Grave]
* [ Lord Stanley's Glacier hike]

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