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Sir Robert Peel, c. 1846

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Sir Robert Peel, c. 1846

Engraving of Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850), the English statesman and Prime Minister. Peel was a Conservative MP who held strong views on Irish Catholicism and Free Trade vs Protectionism, but is probably best remembered for organising the London Police Force in the 1820 s. For a long time, British policemen were nicknamed Peelers or Bobbies in reference to Robert Peel

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This engraving captures Sir Robert Peel, a prominent English statesman and Prime Minister, in the mid-19th century. Born in 1788, Peel began his political career as a Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) and held strong views on various issues that shaped the political landscape of his time. One of the most contentious debates during his tenure involved Irish Catholicism and the question of whether to grant them greater rights and representation. Peel, who was known for his pragmatic approach, navigated this complex issue with care, aiming to maintain social order while addressing the concerns of the Irish community. Another significant issue that Peel tackled during his political career was the debate between Free Trade and Protectionism. As a proponent of Free Trade, Peel advocated for the reduction of tariffs on imported goods, a policy that would eventually lead to the repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846. This reform was a turning point in British economic history, paving the way for increased international trade and economic growth. Despite his many accomplishments, Peel is best remembered for organizing the London Police Force in the 1820s. For a long time, British policemen were known as 'Peelers' or 'Bobbies' in reference to Robert Peel. The establishment of this force marked a major step forward in the development of modern policing in England, helping to ensure public safety and order in the growing urban areas of the country. This engraving, created around 1846, offers a glimpse into the life and legacy of a man who played a pivotal role in shaping British history. Sir Robert Peel's contributions to politics, law enforcement, and economic policy continue to be felt to this day, making him an enduring figure in the annals of English history.

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