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Birth of Richard Bethell, Lord Chancellor under Lord Palmerston

Bethell was 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, with the title of Baron Westbury, 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.