William Palmer, 2nd Earl of Selborne

William Waldegrave Palmer, 2nd Earl of Selborne, KG, GCMG, PC (17 October 1859  26 February 1942), styled Viscount Wolmer between 1882 and 1895, was a British politician and colonial administrator, who served as High Commissioner for Southern Africa.


The Earl of Selborne

First Lord of the Admiralty
In office
12 November 1900  27 March 1905
MonarchQueen Victoria
Edward VII
Prime MinisterThe Marquess of Salisbury
Preceded byGeorge Goschen
Succeeded byThe Earl Cawdor
2nd High Commissioner for Southern Africa
In office
May 1905  May 1910
MonarchEdward VII
Preceded byThe Viscount Milner
Succeeded byThe Viscount Gladstone
President of the Board of Agriculture
In office
25 May 1915  11 July 1916
MonarchGeorge V
Prime MinisterH. H. Asquith
Preceded byThe Lord Lucas of Crudwell
Succeeded byThe Earl of Crawford
Personal details
Born(1859-10-17)17 October 1859
Died26 February 1942(1942-02-26) (aged 82)
NationalityBritish
Political partyLiberal
Liberal Unionist
Conservative
Spouse(s)
(m. 1883)
ChildrenMabel Grey, Countess Grey
Roundell Palmer, 3rd Earl of Selborne
Hon. Robert Palmer
Hon. Lewis Palmer
Alma materUniversity College, Oxford
Garter-encircled shield of arms of William Palmer, 2nd Earl of Selborne, KG, as displayed on his Order of the Garter stall plate in St. George's Chapel, viz. Argent on two bars sable three trefoils slipped of the first, in chief a greyhound courant of the second, collared or.