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R. A. Cross, 1st Viscount Cross

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The Rt Hon. R.A. Cross

Richard Assheton Cross, 1st Viscount Cross (18231914). British statesman and Conservative politician. From Lancashire, he first came to prominence as Home Secretary in Disraeli's second government (18741880). He retained this office in Lord Salisbury's caretaker government (18851886), but then moved over to the India Office (18861892). He was very briefly Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in Salisbury's third government (18951902) before being elevated to the sinecure post Lord Privy Seal. In 1886 he was created a viscount. In 1898 he chaired the Joint Select Committee on Electrical Energy (Generating Stations and Supply), which recommended granting compulsory purchase powers for the building of power stations. He retired in 1900.



Preceded by:
Robert Lowe
Home Secretary
1874–1880
Succeeded by:
Sir William Harcourt
Preceded by:
Sir William Harcourt
Home Secretary
1885–1886
Succeeded by:
Hugh Childers
Preceded by:
The Earl of Kimberley
Secretary of State for India
1886–1892
Succeeded by:
The Earl of Kimberley
Preceded by:
The Lord Tweedmouth
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
1895
Succeeded by:
Sir Henry James
Preceded by:
The Lord Tweedmouth
Lord Privy Seal
1895–1900
Succeeded by:
The Marquess of Salisbury
Preceded by:
New Creation
Viscount Cross
Succeeded by:
Richard Assheton Cross

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