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Harcourt, William George Granville Venables Vernon (Harcourt, William, Sir)

Born: 1827 AD
Died: 1904 AD, at 76 years of age.

Nationality: British
Categories: Politician


1827 - Born on October 14th in York, Yorkshire, England. British lawyer, journalist, politician, and cabinet member in five British Liberal governments.

1854 - Harcourt briefly taught international law at the University of Cambridge.

1868 - Entered the House of Commons.

1873-1874 - Harcourt served Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone as solicitor general.

         - He was knighted.

1886 - He was the chancellor of the Exchequer.

1894 - Achieved a major reform in death duties, or estate taxation.

         - Remained as chancellor of the Exchequer in the 5th Earl of Rosebery's government and became leader of the House of Commons.

         - By imposing a graduated tax on the total estate of a deceased person, Harcourt's legislation was capable of producing much more revenue than taxes only on the amounts inherited by beneficiaries.

1898 - Resigned as leader of the Liberal opposition in the Commons.

1903 - He attacked British imperialism in the Transvaal and the protective-tariff proposals of Joseph Chamberlain.

1904 - Died on October 1st in Nuneham Courtnay, Oxfordshire.


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