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1911 Encyclopedia Britannica

Ralph Robert Wheeler Lingen, Baron Lingen

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The school inspectors' reports, was inspired by a certain antagonism to Lingen's as well as to Lowe's methods. Shortly before the introduction of Forster's Education Act of 1870, he was transferred to the post of permanent secretary of the treasury. In this office, which he held till 1885, he proved a most efficient guardian of the public purse, and he was a tower of strength to successive chancellors of the exchequer. It used to be said that the best recommendation for a secretary of the treasury was to be able to say "No" so disagreeably that nobody would court a repetition. Lingen was at all events a most successful resister of importunate claims, and his undoubted talents as a financier were most prominently displayed in the direction of parsimony. In 1885 he retired. He had been made a C.B. in 1869 and a K.C.B. in 1878, and on his retirement he was created Baron Lingen. In 1889 he was made one of the first aldermen of the new London County Council, but he resigned in 1892. He died on the 22nd of July 1905. He had married in 1852, but left no issue.


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Chisholm, Hugh, General Editor. Entry for 'Ralph Robert Wheeler Lingen, Baron Lingen'. 1911 Encyclopedia Britanica. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/bri/r/ralph-robert-wheeler-lingen-baron-lingen.html. 1910.

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