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John Charles Herries

The Right Honourable
John Charles Herries
Chancellor of the Exchequer
In office
3 September 1827 – 25 January 1828
Monarch George IV
Prime Minister The Viscount Goderich
Preceded by The Lord Tenterden
(interim)
Succeeded by Henry Goulburn
President of the Board of Trade
In office
2 February – 22 November 1830
Monarch George IV
William IV
Prime Minister The Duke of Wellington
Preceded by William Vesey-FitzGerald
Succeeded by The Lord Auckland
Member of Parliament for Harwich
In office
1823 – 1847
Preceded by Charles Bathurst
Nicholas Vansittart
Succeeded by William Beresford
John Attwood
Member of Parliament for Stamford
In office
1847 – 1853
Preceded by Sir George Clerk, Bt
Marquess of Granby
Succeeded by Viscount Cranborne
Sir Frederic Thesiger
Personal details
Born November 1778 (2016-02-11T00:43:32)
Died 24 April 1855(1855-04-24) (aged 76)
St Julians, Kent
Nationality British
Political party Tory
Spouse(s) Sarah Dorington (d. 1821)
Alma mater University of Leipzig

John Charles Herries PC (November 1778 – 24 April 1855), known as J. C. Herries, was a British politician and financier and a frequent member of Tory and Conservative cabinets in the early to mid 19th century.

Background and education

Herries was the eldest son of Charles Herries, a London merchant, by his wife Mary Ann Johnson, and was educated at Cheam and the University of Leipzig.

Political career

Herries worked his way up in the Treasury and eventually became Secretary to the First Lord of the Treasury, Commissary-General to the Army, Paymaster of the Civil List, Secretary to the Treasury (1823–1827), Chancellor of the Exchequer in Lord Goderich's government (1827–1828), Master of the Mint under the Duke of Wellington (1828–1830), briefly President of the Board of Trade (1830), Secretary at War under Sir Robert Peel (1834–1835), and finally President of the Board of Control in Lord Derby's first government (1852). During his tenure as Commissary-General, he used the help of Nathan Mayer Rothschild to transfer money to British and allied army troops on the continent, which was not an easy task during the Continental Blockade. Rothschild's successful conclusion of these transfers was one of the foundations of the house's English banking empire.

Herries was one of few men of ministerial experience to side with the Lord Stanley as an alternative to Benjamin Disraeli as Shadow Leader of the House of Commons. In the end Herries declined, and Disraeli gradually came into his own as leader. Staunchly protectionist, Herries was in repeated conflict with Disraeli who, despite championing protectionism barely six years previously, was hurriedly disassociating both himself and the party from that doctrine. The two never got along, and Herries' refusal

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