William Waldegrave Palmer, Second Earl of Selborne
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE William Waldegrave Palmer, Second Earl of Selborne, K.G., G.C.M.G., D.C.L., L.L.D., P.C. (17 October 1859 – 26 February, 1942) was a Conservative Unionist politician who served as First Lord of the Admiralty from 1900 to 1905.
Life & Career
First Lord of the Admiralty
The First Lord works very hard and is very pleasant to serve under I find. Of course it takes some time for any new comer to appreciate the traditions and customs of the Service.
The German Naval Attaché in London, von Coerper, wrote to Tirpitz that Selborne:
is easily influenced by men whom he has recognised as efficient … he is entirely subservient to the influence of Sir John Fisher and subscribes blindly to his proposals.
South Africa and After
- "Earl of Selborne" (Obituaries). The Times. Friday, 27 February, 1942. Issue 49171, col D, p. 7.
- Boyce, D. George. Ed. (1990). The Crisis of British Power: The Imperial and Naval Papers of the Second Earl of Selborne, 1895-1910. London: The Historians' Press. ISBN 0950890081.
| Preceded by
The Rt. Hon. George J. Goschen
| First Lord of the Admiralty
1900 – 1905
| Succeeded by|
The Rt. Hon. The Earl Cawdor
- MacGregor to Bridge. Letter of 1 January, 1902. Bridge Papers. National Maritime Museum. BRI/15. Part 1.
- Letter of 25 January, 1905. Quoted in Marder. pp. 21-22.