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The Right Honourable
 The Lord Belper 

In office
3 January 1853 – 21 June 1854
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister The Earl of Aberdeen
Preceded by Robert Adam Christopher
Succeeded by The Earl Granville

Born 26 October 1801 (1801-10-26)
Derby, Derbyshire
Died 30 June 1880 (1880-07-01)
Eaton Square, Belgravia, London
Nationality British
Political party Liberal Party
Spouse(s) Amelia Otter (d. 1890)
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge

Edward Strutt, 1st Baron Belper PC, FRS (26 October 1801 – 30 June 1880), was a British Liberal Party politician. He served as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster from 1852 to 1854 under Lord Aberdeen.


Background and education

Born at Derby, Strutt was the only son of William Strutt, of St Helen's House, Derbyshire, and the grandson of Jedediah Strutt. His mother was Barbara, daughter of Thomas Evans.[1] He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was President of the Cambridge Union in 1821. Strutt graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1823 and a Master of Arts three years later.[2][3]

Political career

Strutt entered the British House of Commons in 1830, sitting a as Member of Parliament for Derby until 1848, when he was unseated on petition.[1][4] He represented Arundel from 1851 to 1852[1][5] and Nottingham from 1852 to 1856.[1][6] He was Chief Commissioner of Railways between 1846 and 1848[1] and served as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster from 1853 to 1854 in Lord Aberdeen's coalition government.[3][7] He was sworn of the Privy Council in 1846[8] and in 1856 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Belper, of Belper, in the County of Derby.[9]

Strutt also held the honorary posts of High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire in 1850[3] and Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire between 1864 and 1880, having been previously a Deputy Lieutenant.[1][7] In 1860 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and between 1871 and 1879, he was President of University College, London.[1]


Lord Belper married Amelia Harriet Otter, daughter of the Right Reverend William Otter, Bishop of Chichester, on 28 March 1837. They had several children. They were the parents of Henry Strutt, 2nd Baron Belper. Lord Belper died at Eaton Square, Belgravia, London, on June 1880, aged 78, and was succeeded in the barony by his second but eldest surviving son, Henry.[1] A stained glass window was erected in the north side of the chancel in St. Mary's Church, Nottingham in his memory. Lady Belper died in December 1890.[1]


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Samuel Crompton
Henry Cavendish
Member of Parliament for Derby
1830 – 1848
With: Henry Cavendish 1830–1835
Hon. John Ponsonby 1835–1847
Hon. Edward Leveson-Gower 1847–1848
Succeeded by
Laurence Hayworth
Michael Thomas Bass
Preceded by
The Earl of Arundel
Member of Parliament for Arundel
1851 – 1852
Succeeded by
Lord Edward Fitzalan-Howard
Preceded by
Feargus O'Conner
Member of Parliament for Nottingham
1852 – 1856
Succeeded by
Charles Paget
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Adam Christopher
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
1853 – 1854
Succeeded by
The Earl Granville
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Duke of Newcastle
Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire
1864 – 1880
Succeeded by
The Duke of St Albans
Preceded by
Granville Harcourt-Vernon
High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire
Succeeded by
John Francklin
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Belper
1856 – 1880
Succeeded by
Henry Strutt


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