Granville Leveson-Gower

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Person.png Granville Leveson-Gower  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Second Earl Granville.jpg
Born11 May 1815
London
Died31 March 1891 (Age 75)
London
NationalityBritish
Alma materEton, Christ Church (Oxford)
PartyLiberal
British Secretary of State who improved relations with the United States

Employment.png Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
26 December 1851 - 27 February 1852
Preceded byHenry John Temple
Succeeded byJames Harris

Employment.png Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
6 July 1870 - 21 February 1874

Employment.png Lord President of the Council

In office
28 December 1852 - 12 June 1854
Succeeded byJohn Russell (UK PM)

Employment.png Lord President of the Council

In office
8 February 1855 - 26 February 1858
Preceded byJohn Russell (UK PM)

Employment.png Lord President of the Council

In office
18 June 1859 - 6 July 1866

Granville George Leveson-Gower, 2nd Earl Granville, styled Lord Leveson until 1846, was a British Liberal statesman[1] from the Leveson-Gower family.

In a political career spanning over 50 years, he was thrice Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, led the Liberal Party in the House of Lords for almost 30 years and was joint Leader of the Liberal Party between 1875 and 1880. He is best known for his pacific stewardship (apart from in the colonies) of Britain's external relations, 1870–74 and 1880–85, in co-operation with his best friend, Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone. His foreign policy was based on patience, peace, and no alliances; it kept Britain free from European wars and improved relations with the United States after the failed British support to the Southern states' bid for secession during the American Civil War.


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