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Frederick Arthur Stanley
aka Lord Stanley of Preston
16th Earl of Derby
(15 Jan 1841 - 14 Jun 1908)


He seems to have been a decent man, perhaps more enthused by sport and the great outdoors than with politics as such, despite being the (second) son of a previous Prime Minister, the 14th Earl of Derby. Crucially as regards the Saner scandal, Stanley was Secretary of State for War between 2 Apr 1878 and 31 Apr 1880. And despite this martial job title, he seems to have been pliant towards the representations made by the devious Albert Rollit.