Frederick Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby

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Frederick Arthur Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby (January 15, 1841 - June 14, 1908), known as Sir Frederick Stanley until 1886 and from then until 1893 as Lord Stanley of Preston, was Colonial Secretary from 1885 to 1886 and Governor-General of Canada from 1888 to 1893 most famous for presenting the Stanley Cup which became the most famous award for professional ice hockey.

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The son of the 14th Earl of Derby, a politician and British Prime Minister, Lord Stanley of Preston entered politics after having studied at Eton College and Sandhurst. He served briefly as an officer with the Grenadier Guards, but his family's prominent role in British politics soon called him to political life. He served as a Conservative member of parliament in the British House of Commons and a member of the cabinet. He married Lady Constance Villiers, a daughter of the 4th Earl of Clarendon on May 31, 1864 and they had ten children.

During his term as Governor General, Lord Stanley travelled often and widely throughout the country. His visit to western Canada in 1889 gave him a lasting appreciation of the region's great natural beauty as well as permitting him to meet the people of Canada's First Nations and many western ranchers and farmers. He also experienced the joys of fishing and avidly pursued the sport whenever his busy schedule allowed.

When Sir John A. Macdonald died in office of heart failure on June 6, 1891, Lord Stanley lost the close friendship he had enjoyed with the Prime Minister. Lord Stanley asked Sir John Abbott to take over as Prime Minister. Once the administration was in place, Sir Abbott resigned due to illness and turned the government over to Sir John Thompson.

Lord Stanley helped cement the non-political role of the Governor General when he refused to agree to a controversial motion in the House of Commons. The motion called on him as Governor General to oppose the Jesuit Estates Bill passed by the government of Quebec. The opposition to the bill was introduced by the other provinces who were motivated by mistrust of the Roman Catholic Church in Quebec. Lord Stanley declined to interfere, citing the proposed disallowal as unconstitutional. In holding to this decision, he gained popularity by refusing to compromise the vice-regal position of political neutrality.

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A statue of Lord Stanley stands in British Columbia.

Lady Stanley, whom Sir Wilfrid Laurier described as "an able and witty woman", made a lasting contribution during her husband's term of office. In 1891, she founded the "Lady Stanley Institute for Trained Nurses" on Rideau Street, the first nursing school in Ottawa. She was also an enthusiastic fan of hockey games on the Rideau Hall skating rink.

In 1893, Lord Stanley gave Canada a treasured national icon -- the Stanley Cup. He originally donated the trophy as an award for Canada's top-ranking amateur hockey club. Then in 1926, the National Hockey League adopted the Stanley Cup as the championship prize in professional hockey. That this now famous cup bears Lord Stanley's name is a fitting tribute to his encouragement and love of outdoor life and sport in Canada. In recognition of this, Lord Stanley was inducted into the Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame in 1945 in the "Honoured Builders" category.

Lord Stanley's term as Governor General of Canada was due to end in September 1893. However, in April of that year, his brother, the Edward Henry Stanley, 15th Earl of Derby, died. Lord Stanley succeeded him as the 16th Earl of Derby. As a result, he left Canada on July 15, 1893 and returned to England. An Administrator was appointed to fulfil his duties until Lord Aberdeen was sworn in that September.

Back with his family in England, he soon became the Lord Mayor of Liverpool and the first chancellor of the University of Liverpool. During the last years of his life, he increasingly dedicated himself to philanthropic work. Lord Stanley died on June 14, 1908, and Lady Stanley died on April 17, 1922.

After Edward Whymper made the first ascent of Stanley Peak in 1901, he named the mountain after Lord Stanley.

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Preceded by:
Gathorne Hardy
Secretary of State for War
1878–1880
Succeeded by:
Hugh Childers
Preceded by:
The Earl of Derby
Secretary of State for the Colonies
1885–1886
Succeeded by:
The Earl Granville
Preceded by:
Anthony John Mundella
President of the Board of Trade
1886–1888
Succeeded by:
Sir Michael Hicks-Beach
Preceded by:
The Marquess of Lansdowne
Governor General of Canada
1888–1893
Succeeded by:
The Earl of Aberdeen

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