Joseph Planta

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Sir Joseph Planta GCH (1787–1847) was a British diplomat and politician of Romansh-Swiss descent. He was the MP for Hastings, England.

Joseph Planta was the son of another Joseph Planta (1744–1827), who moved from Switzerland to England and who became the Principal Librarian of the British Museum in London. He was born at the British Museum[1] and educated at Eton College.[2]

Planta became a clerk at the Foreign Office and was Private Secretary to George Canning. In 1813–14, he was Secretary to Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh, during his mission to the allied sovereigns.[1][2] He was the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs from 25 July 1817 to 22 January 1822. He was also the Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs from 1817. He was the Junior Secretary to the Treasury from 19 April 1827 and then the Senior Secretary to the Treasury from 4 September 1827, during the Canningite Government of 1827–1828 and the Tory Government of 1828–1830. He was made a member of the Privy council in 1834. He was also made a Lord of the Treasury on 21 November 1834 in the Conservative Provisional Government of 1834.

He was elected Member of Parliament for Hastings in southern England, in 1827, 1830, 1837, and 1841, as a Conservative.[1] He was defeated in 1835. He lived at Fairlight Place, a stone-built house dating from around 1550 at the head of Fairlight Glen near Hastings.

He was knighted with the Grand Cross of the Hanoverian Guelphic Order (GCH).

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Constance Richardson, Mrs. Oom and 'The Forty-Eight'. Music & Letters, Vol. 32, No. 1, pp. 9899, January 1951. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ml/XXXII.1.98-b
  2. 2.0 2.1 'Planta, Joseph (1787–1847)', Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press.
Political offices
Preceded by
Edward Cooke
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
1817–1822
Succeeded by
Richard Meade
Preceded by
William Richard Hamilton
Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
1817–1827
Succeeded by
John Backhouse
Preceded by
John Charles Herries
Secretary to the Treasury
1827–1830
Succeeded by
Thomas Spring Rice
Edward Ellice
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Law Lushington
2nd Member of Parliament for Hastings
1827–1831
Succeeded by
Frederick North
Preceded by
Howard Elphinstone
1st Member of Parliament for Hastings
1837–1844
Succeeded by
Musgrave Brisco