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Secretaries of State for the American Colonies, 1768-1782Edit

Name Entered office Left office Party Notes
The Earl of Hillsborough 27 February 1768 27 August 1772 Tory
The Earl of Dartmouth 27 August 1772 10 November 1775 Tory
Lord George Germain 10 November 1775 February 1782 Tory
Welbore Ellis February 1782 8 March 1782 Tory

Secretaries of State for the Colonies, 1854-1966Edit

Name Entered office Left office Party Notes
Sir George Grey 12 June 1854 8 February 1855 Liberal
Sidney Herbert 8 February 1855 23 February 1855 Peelite
Lord John Russell 23 February 1855 21 July 1855 Liberal
Sir William Molesworth, Bt. 21 July 1855 21 November 1855 Liberal
Henry Labouchere 21 November 1855 21 February 1858 Liberal
Lord Stanley 26 February 1858 5 June 1858 Conservative
Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton 5 June 1858 11 June 1859 Conservative
The Duke of Newcastle 18 June 1859 7 April 1864 Liberal
Edward Cardwell 7 April 1864 26 June 1866 Liberal
The Earl of Carnarvon 6 July 1866 8 March 1867 Conservative
The Duke of Buckingham and Chandos 8 March 1867 1 December 1868 Conservative
The Earl Granville 9 December 1868 6 July 1870 Liberal
The Earl of Kimberley 6 July 1870 17 February 1874 Liberal
The Earl of Carnarvon 21 February 1874 4 February 1878 Conservative
Sir Michael Hicks-Beach, Bt. 4 February 1878 21 April 1880 Conservative
The Earl of Kimberley 21 April 1880 16 December 1882 Liberal
The Earl of Derby 16 December 1882 9 June 1885 Liberal
Frederick Stanley 24 June 1885 28 January 1886 Conservative
The Earl Granville 6 February 1886 20 July 1886 Liberal
Edward Stanhope 3 August 1886 14 January 1887 Conservative
Sir Henry Holland, Bt., later The Lord Knutsford 14 January 1887 11 August 1892 Conservative
The Marquess of Ripon 18 August 1892 21 June 1895 Liberal
Joseph Chamberlain 29 June 1895 16 September 1903 Liberal Unionist/Unionist
Alfred Lyttelton 11 October 1903 4 December 1905 Unionist
The Earl of Elgin 10 December 1905 12 April 1908 Liberal
The Earl of Crewe 12 April 1908 3 November 1910 Liberal
Lewis Harcourt 3 November 1910 25 May 1915 Liberal
Andrew Bonar Law 25 May 1915 10 December 1916 Unionist
Walter Long 10 December 1916 10 January 1919 Unionist
The Viscount Milner 10 January 1919 13 February 1921 Unionist
Winston Spencer Churchill 13 February 1921 19 October 1922 Liberal
The Duke of Devonshire 24 October 1922 22 January 1924 Conservative
James Thomas 22 January 1924 3 November 1924 Labour
Leo Amery 6 November 1924 4 June 1929 Conservative
The Lord Passfield 7 June 1929 24 August 1931 Labour
James Thomas 25 August 1931 5 November 1931 National Labour
Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister 5 November 1931 7 June 1935 Conservative
Malcolm MacDonald 7 June 1935 22 November 1935 National Labour
James Thomas 22 November 1935 22 May 1936 National Labour
William Ormsby-Gore 28 May 1936 16 May 1938 Conservative
Malcolm MacDonald 16 May 1938 12 May 1940 National Labour
The Lord Lloyd 12 May 1940 8 February 1941 Conservative
The Lord Moyne 8 February 1941 22 February 1942 Conservative
Viscount Cranborne 22 February 1942 22 November 1942 Conservative
Oliver Stanley 22 November 1942 26 July 1945 Conservative
George Hall 3 August 1945 4 October 1946 Labour
Arthur Creech Jones 4 October 1946 28 February 1950 Labour
Jim Griffiths 28 February 1950 26 October 1951 Labour
Oliver Lyttelton 28 October 1951 28 July 1954 Conservative
Alan Lennox-Boyd 28 July 1954 14 October 1959 Conservative
Iain Macleod 14 October 1959 9 October 1961 Conservative
Reginald Maudling 9 October 1961 13 July 1962 Conservative
Duncan Sandys 13 July 1962 16 October 1964 Conservative
Anthony Greenwood 18 October 1964 23 December 1965 Labour
The Earl of Longford 23 December 1965 6 April 1966 Labour
Frederick Lee 6 April 1966 1 August 1966 Labour

Merged with Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations to create the new position of Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs.

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