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LYONS, Richard Bickerton Pemell, Viscount, born in Lymington, England, 26 April, 1817 ; died in London, 5 December, 1887. He was the only son of the first Lord Lyons, and succeeded to the barony in 1858. He was educated at Oxford, and after filling various diplomatic appointments was British minister to the United States from December, 1858, till February, 1865, when he returned on account of impaired health. He was appointed ambassador to Turkey in August of that year, and from 1867 until November, 1887, was ambassador to France. He became a member of the privy council in 1865, was given the degree of D. C. L. by Oxford in the same year, in 1881 was made a viscount, and in 1887 was advanced to an earldom.
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