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Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs

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Name Entered office Left office Party Notes
Charles James Fox 27 March 1782 5 July 1782 Whig
The Lord Grantham 13 July 1782 2 April 1783 Whig
Charles James Fox 2 April 1783 19 December 1783 Whig
The Earl Temple 19 December 1783 23 December 1783 Pittite
Marquess of Carmarthen later The Duke of Leeds 23 December 1783 May 1791 Pittite/Tory
The Lord Grenville 8 June 1791 20 February 1801 Tory
Lord Hawkesbury later The Lord Hawkesbury 20 February 1801 14 May 1804 Tory
The Lord Harrowby 14 May 1804 11 January 1805 Tory
The Lord Mulgrave 11 January 1805 7 February 1806 Tory
Charles James Fox 7 February 1806 13 September 1806 Whig
Viscount Howick 24 September 1806 25 March 1807 Whig
George Canning 25 March 1807 11 October 1809 Tory
The Earl Bathurst 11 October 1809 6 December 1809 Tory
The Marquess Wellesley 6 December 1809 4 March 1812 Tory
Viscount Castlereagh later The Marquess of Londonderry 4 March 1812 12 August 1822 Tory
George Canning 16 September 1822 30 April 1827 Tory
The Viscount Dudley and Ward later The Earl of Dudley 30 April 1827 2 June 1828 Tory
The Earl of Aberdeen 2 June 1828 22 November 1830 Tory
The Viscount Palmerston 22 November 1830 15 November 1834 Canningite/Whig
The Duke of Wellington 15 November 1834 18 April 1835 Conservative
The Viscount Palmerston 18 April 1835 2 September 1841 Whig
The Earl of Aberdeen 2 September 1841 6 July 1846 Conservative
The Viscount Palmerston 6 July 1846 26 December 1851 Whig
The Earl Granville 26 December 1851 27 February 1852 Whig
The Earl of Malmesbury 27 February 1852 28 December 1852 Conservative
Lord John Russell 28 December 1852 21 February 1853 Liberal
The Earl of Clarendon 21 February 1853 26 February 1858 Liberal
The Earl of Malmesbury 26 February 1858 18 June 1859 Conservative
Lord John Russell later The Earl Russell 18 June 1859 3 November 1865 Liberal
The Earl of Clarendon 3 November 1865 6 July 1866 Liberal
Lord Stanley 6 July 1866 9 December 1868 Conservative
The Earl of Clarendon 9 December 1868 6 July 1870 Liberal
The Earl Granville 6 July 1870 21 February 1874 Liberal
The Earl of Derby 21 February 1874 2 April 1878 Conservative previously foreign secretary as Lord Stanley
The Marquess of Salisbury 2 April 1878 28 April 1880 Conservative
The Earl Granville 28 April 1880 24 June 1885 Liberal
The Marquess of Salisbury 24 June 1885 6 February 1886 Conservative also Prime Minister
The Earl of Rosebery 6 February 1886 3 August 1886 Liberal
The Earl of Iddesleigh 3 August 1886 12 January 1887 Conservative
The Marquess of Salisbury 14 January 1887 11 August 1892 Conservative also Prime Minister
The Earl of Rosebery 18 August 1892 11 March 1894 Liberal
The Earl of Kimberley 11 March 1894 21 June 1895 Liberal
The Marquess of Salisbury 29 June 1895 12 November 1900 Conservative also Prime Minister
The Marquess of Lansdowne 12 November 1900 4 December 1905 Liberal Unionist
Sir Edward Grey, Bt., later The Viscount Grey of Fallodon 10 December 1905 10 December 1916 Liberal
Arthur Balfour 10 December 1916 23 October 1919 Unionist
The Earl Curzon of Kedleston later The Marquess Curzon of Kedleston 23 October 1919 22 January 1924 Unionist/Conservative
Ramsay MacDonald 22 January 1924 3 November 1924 Labour also Prime Minister
Austen Chamberlain later Sir Austen Chamberlain 6 November 1924 4 June 1929 Conservative
Arthur Henderson 7 June 1929 24 August 1931 Labour
The Marquess of Reading 25 August 1931 5 November 1931 Liberal
Sir John Simon 5 November 1931 7 June 1935 Liberal National
Sir Samuel Hoare, Bt. 7 June 1935 18 December 1935 Conservative
Anthony Eden 22 December 1935 20 February 1938 Conservative
The Viscount Halifax 21 February 1938 22 December 1940 Conservative
Anthony Eden 22 December 1940 26 July 1945 Conservative
Ernest Bevin 27 July 1945 9 March 1951 Labour
Herbert Morrison 9 March 1951 26 October 1951 Labour
Anthony Eden later Sir Anthony Eden 28 October 1951 7 April 1955 Conservative
Harold Macmillan 7 April 1955 20 December 1955 Conservative
Selwyn Lloyd 20 December 1955 27 July 1960 Conservative
The Earl of Home 27 July 1960 20 October 1963 Conservative
Richard Austen Butler 20 October 1963 16 October 1964 Conservative
Patrick Gordon Walker 16 October 1964 22 January 1965 Labour
Michael Stewart 22 January 1965 11 August 1966 Labour
George Brown 11 August 1966 16 March 1968 Labour
Michael Stewart 16 March 1968 17 October 1968 Labour became Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

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