Hamilton Gordon, was born in Edinburgh in 1784. Educated at
Harrow he obtained the title Lord Haddo when his father died
in 1793. His joint guardians were William Pitt and Henry Dundas.
He became the 4th Earl of Aberdeen on the death of his grandfather
the Earl of Aberdeen was sent as a special ambassador to Vienna
by Lord Liverpool. Aberdeen successfully negotiated the Treaty
of Toplitz that created the alliance of Great Powers against
the Duke of Wellington appointed Aberdeen as his Foreign Secretary.
He also held this position under Sir Robert Peel between 1841
and 1847. Aberdeen was a strong believer in free trade and helped
Peel repeal the Corn Laws in 1846. This action split the Conservative
Party and Peel and Aberdeen were forced to resign.
of Aberdeen became Prime Minister after the resignation of the
Earl of Derby in 1852. Aberdeen's coalition government was very
popular with the public at first. However, attitudes changed
when Britain became involved in the Crimean War in 1854. Aberdeen
was blamed for the mismanagement of the war and he was forced
to resign in February 1855. George Hamilton Gordon died in 1860.