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CHRISTIAN ARTHUR WELLESLEY, the 4th Earl of Cowley, came to Nevada in 1933 from England. Mr. Wellesley was a member of an old English family, of which the Duke of Wellington, conqueror of Napoleon, is the most prominent antecedent; his great grandfather, was the "Iron Duke's'' youngest brother, a member of the Irish parliament for many years, entered the British diplomatic service, and was British ambassador to Germany and France; for these services to his country Henry Wellesley was promoted to the peerage and given the title of Baron Cowley. His son Richard followed in his father's foot steps and was also ambassador to France, the only known instance of father and son both holding this post, which was then considered the "blue ribbon" job in diplomatic work. Richard Wellesley Baron Cowley was given the rank of Earl on his retirement and so became the first Earl Cowley representative peer of Ireland in the British House of Lords, the Irish House of Lords having ceased to exist at this time. After marrying Mary Elsie May of Reno, who was a grand-daughter of pioneer Reno, Nevada, rancher, George DeRemer, Wellesley purchased the old Rose Ranch in Washoe Valley in 1933, later known as The McEwen Ranch, which is reputed to be one of the oldest, if not the oldest farm in the state of Nevada. Wellesley passed away in 1962. Today Lord Cowley's son, Hon. Brian Tim Wellesley and his wife Katherine live in Reno. Tim served as an official of the United States Treasury, Senior Executive Service, with oversight responsibilities for Criminal Investigation agents. Today he holds a position with KPMG Consulting as an International Consultant. His older brother, also born in Nevada, married Paige Deming of Reno and is now the 7th Earl Cowley. After graduating from Harvard University, Lord Cowley spent his career as a senior financial official in the financial sectors of the United States and the UK. He retired in 2000 from Thomas E.Miller & Sons, Isle of Man, as partner of the company. He and his wife, Paige, currently reside on the Isle of Man, UK.

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