Quotes by Robert Peel

About Robert Peel:

Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Baronet is based. Peel often started from a traditional Tory position in opposition to a measure, then reversed himself and became the leader in supporting liberal legislation. This happened with the Test Act (1828), Catholic Emancipation (1829), the Reform Act of 1832, the income tax (1842) and most notably the repeal of the Corn Laws (1846) as the first two years of the Irish famine forced this resolution because of the urgent need for new food supplies. Peel, a Conservative, achieved repeal with the support of the Whigs in Parliament, overcoming the opposition of most of his own party. Therefore, many critics said he was a traitor to the Tory cause, or "a Liberal wolf in sheep's clothing" because his final position reflected liberal ideas. Historian A.J.P. Taylor says: "Peel was in the first rank of 19th century statesman. He carried Catholic Emancipation; he repealed the Corn Laws; he created the modern Conservative Party on the ruins of the old Toryism."

Author Bio

  • NameRobert Peel
  • DescriptionBritish Conservative statesman
  • AliasesSir Robert Peel, 2nd Baronet
  • BornFebruary 5, 1788
  • DiedJuly 2, 1850
  • CountryUnited Kingdom
  • ProfessionPolitician
  • AwardsFellow Of The Royal Society