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Arlington, Henry Bennet, 1st earl of

secretary of state under King Charles II of England from 1662 to 1674 and a leading member of Charles's "Cabal" ministry. Besides directing foreign policy for 12 years, Arlington, by creating the nucleus of a "court party" (the future Tories) in the House of Commons, helped to develop the party system in England.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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