Death of Richard Bethell, 1st Baron Westbury, Whig MP for Aylesbury 1851-59 and Wolverhampton 1859-61

After serving as Solicitor and Attorney General, Lord Palmerston appointed him Lord Chancellor in 1861 to succeed Lord Campbell. Lord Westbury was responsible for two key pieces of legislation – the Divorce Act of 1857 and the Land Registry Act of 1862.