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Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, (20 October 1784 – 18 October 1865), was a British statesman who served twice as Prime Minister in the mid-19th century. For most of 1830 to 1865 he dominated British foreign policy when Britain was at the height of its power. Popularly nicknamed "Pam" and "The Mongoose",Illustration, "One Head Better than Two", from Punch, November 1862, reproduced in Amanda Foreman (2010), A World on Fire, New York: Random House, Part I, "Cotton Is King", Chapter 14, "A Fateful Decision", p. 327. he was in government office almost continuously from 1807 until his death in 1865, beginning his parliamentary career as a Tory, switching to the Whigs in 1830, and concluding it as the first Prime Minister of the newly formed Liberal Party from 1859.

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