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Ellenborough, Edward Law, 'Earl op (1790-1871), was the son of Baron Ellenborough, Lord Chief Justice of England. He was educated at Eton and St. John's College, Cambridge, and in 1814 entered Parliament, retaining his seat until 1818, when the death of his father removed him to the House of Lords. In the same year he became amember of the Duke of Wellington's government. From 1828 to 1830 he was President of the Board of Control, and in 1834 and in 1841 he was in Sir Robert Peel's ministry. He then became Governor-General of India, arriving in that country in time to direct the Afghan war of 1842. In the next year Sir Charles Napier conquered Scinde, and then followed the conquest of Gwalior; but Lord Ellenborough's policy and manners gave dissatisfaction at home, and the Company recalled him in 1844. He received the thanks of Parliament, the Grand Cross of the Bath, and an earldom. In 1846 he was First Lord of the Admiralty, and in 1858 he was President of the Board of Control in Lord Derby's government, but resigned in consequence of the general disapproval of a despatch he wrote censuring Lord Canning's policy as Governor-General. He did not again take office.