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Lord Palmerston
1784 - 1865

British statesman, a.k.a. John Henry Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, Prime Minister of England for most of 1855-1865, formerly Foreign Secretary (1830-1841 and 1846-1851), and Secretary of War (1809-1828). Palmerston was a free-trader and gunboat diplomat who shamelessly promoted his country's enlightened self-interest.

We have no eternal allies and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow.

1848 - from a speech in the British House of Commons