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William George Granville Venables Vernon-Harcourt

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Sir William George Granville Venables Vernon Harcourt (14 October 1827 – 1 October 1904).

1827 Born at York, son of William Venables Vernon Harcourt (1789–1871), who had a short career in the Navy and then became a clergyman; he also had a great interest in chemistry and was a founder of the British Association. He was both rector of Wheldrake and canon at York where his father, Edward Venables Vernon Harcourt, had been archbishop from 1807 until he died in 1847.

1847 Entered Cambridge University to study mathematics

1850 Graduated B.A.

1851 At the Inner Temple

1854 Called to the Bar

1866 Q.C., specialising in railway law

1868-80 MP for Oxford

1869 Whewell Professor of International Law

1873-4 Solicitor-General

1873 Knighted

1880 Appointed Ecclesiastical Commissioner for England[1]

1880-5 Home Secretary

1880-95 MP for Derby

1886. Chancellor of the Exchequer and again 1892-5

1893 Appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer[2]

1895-1904 MP for West Monmouth. Became lead of the Liberals in the Commons.

1898 Resigned the leadership of the Liberal Party

Married (1) Nov. 5, 1859, Maria Theresa, dau. of Thomas Henry Lister; (2) Elizabeth, widow of J. P. Ives and dau. of John L. Motley, the historian

1904 Succeeded to the family estates at Nuneham-Courtenay, Oxon.

1904. Died

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, May 08, 1880
  2. The Times, Aug 24, 1892
  • Biography, ODNB
  • Cambridge Alumni