Viscount Palmerston was born at Broadlands, Romsey in 1784. He became a popular Foreign Secretary and later in 1855 Prime Minister.
He was a burgess of Southampton and on his death in 1865 a memorial committee was set up to collect money from the public.
A statue was unveiled in 1869 in what was then called Fair Field, now known as Palmerston Park.
The sculptor, Thomas Sharp of London was promised £800 for the commission but was not paid in full and took legal action against the committee.