Gladstone, Herbert John
Herbert John Gladstone, 1st Viscount Gladstone (18 February 1854 – 6 March 1930) was a British Liberal statesman. The youngest son of William Ewart Gladstone, he was Home Secretary from 1905 to 1910 and Governor-General of the Union of South Africa from 1910 to 1914. Autograph Slip Writing Signed, n.d., - 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 written in blk ink on both recto and verso. This is a "cut-away" bottom portion of the ALS only. Overall, fine/very fine condition.
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Herbert John Gladstone, 1st Viscount Gladstone GCB, GCMG, GBE, PC, JP (18 February 1854 - 6 March 1930) was a British Liberal statesman.
The youngest son of William Ewart Gladstone, he was Home Secretary from 1905 to 1910 and Governor-General of the Union of South Africa from 1910 to 1914. He was the youngest son of Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone and his wife Catherine, daughter of Sir Stephen Glynne, 8th Baronet, and was born in Downing Street where his father was living at the time as Chancellor of the Exchequer.
William Henry Gladstone and Lord Gladstone of Hawarden were his elder brothers. He was educated at Eton and University College, Oxford, and lectured in history at Keble College, Oxford, for three years.
In 1880 he Gladstone became private secretary to his father. That same year, having unsuccessfully contested the Middlesex constituency, He was elected Liberal Member of Parliament for Leeds, and in the 1885 General Election was returned to Parliament for Leeds West. Having been a junior Lord of the Treasury from 1881 to 1885, Gladstone became Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Works in 1885.
The following year served for a brief period as Financial Secretary to the War Office in his father's third administration. In 1892, on his father's return to power, he was made Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, and two years later he became First Commissioner of Works in Lord Rosebery's government, at which time he was also sworn of the Privy Council. The Liberals fell from power in 1895.
He became the Liberals' Chief Whip in 18991 and in 1903 he negotiated on behalf of the Liberals an electoral pact with the Labour Representation Committee."