Monsell, William
b. 1812
d. 1894
Born in Ireland, educated at Winchester College, Monsell entered the House of Commons in 1847 as a moderate Liberal for county Limerick.1 After joining the Roman Catholic Church in 1850, he frequently spoke as a representative of the hierarchy.2 Liberal Prime Minister William Gladstone appointed him parliamentary undersecretary of state for the colonies in December 1868, a position he held for two years.3 After serving the following two and a half years as postmaster general, Monsell was raised to the peerage by Gladstone as 1st Baron Emly.4
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