William Page Wood, Baron Hatherley (1801-1881), Lord Chancellor
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William Page Wood, Baron Hatherley, was a statesman who served as a Liberal Lord Chancellor in Gladstone's first ministry. Wood was called to the Bar in 1824 where he studied conveyancing. He soon built up a good practice as an equity draughtsman and as an adviser to parliamentary committees. In 1845 he became Queen's Counsel, and two years later was elected to parliament as a Liberal MP. He served as Vice-Chancellor of the County Palatine of Lancaster, and as Solicitor General for England and Wales before being appointed Lord Chancellor and raised to the peerage as Baron Hatherley in 1868.