Alexander Baring son of banker Francis Baring and his wife, Harriet Herring, was born on 27 October 1773 at Mincing Lane in London  and was baptised at St Gabriel Fenchurch on the 25th November.  History of Parliament gives his date of birth as 27 October 1774  as does Wikipedia  but that must be considered an error in view of the two renderings of the baptismal record.
Alexander was Ambassador (Special Mission) to the U.S.A. of 9 August 1842, concluding with United States Secretary of State Daniel Webster the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, which deliniated the frontiers between British North America (Canada) and the U.S.A.
He died on 12 May 1848 at age 73 at Longleat, Wiltshire, England. 
He was head of the firm of Baring Brothers, Merchants for 18 years.
He held the office of Member of Parliament for Taunton between 1806 and 1826.
He held the office of Member of Parliament for Callington between 1826 and 1831.
He held the office of Member of Parliament for Thetford between 1831 and 1832. He held the office of Member of Parliament for North Essex between 1832 and 1835.
He was a trustee of the British Museum between 1829 and 1848. He held the office of Master of the Mint between 1834 and 1835.
He held the office of President of the Board of Trade between 1834 and 1835.
He was invested as a Privy Counsellor on 15 December 1834.
He was a trustee of the National Gallery between 1835 and 1848.
He was created 1st Baron Ashburton, of Ashburton, Devon [U.K.] on 10 April 1835.
He graduated with a Doctor of Civil Laws .
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