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Bruce, Victor Alexander (Earl of Elgin and Kincardine)

Born: 1849 AD
Died: 1917 AD, at 67 years of age.

Nationality: British
Categories: Administrators


1849 - He was born in Montreal on the 16th of May.

1886 - He was educated at Glenalmond, Eton and Balliol College, Oxford, Elgin entered politics as a Liberal, serving as First Commissioner of Works under Gladstone.

1894 - Elgin was made Viceroy of India.

1899 - He returned to England and was made a Knight of the Garter.

1902-1903 - Elgin was made chairman of the commission that investigated the conduct of the Second Boer War.

1905 - Elgin became Secretary of State for the Colonies (with Winston Churchill as his Under-Secretary).

         - He pursued a conservative policy, and opposed the generous settlement of the South African question proposed by Prime Minister Campbell-Bannerman, which was enacted more in spite of the Colonial Secretary's opposition than due to his efforts.

1917 - He died on the 18th of January.


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