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Lewis Harcourt, 1st Viscount Harcourt

(1863-1922), Liberal politician; MP for Rossendale and Secretary of State for the Colonies

Sitter in 15 portraits
After leaving school in 1881, Lewis Vernon Harcourt began working as private secretary to his father, Liberal MP William Vernon Harcourt, who at the time was Home Secretary. Harcourt acted in this capacity until shortly before his father's death in 1904, when he also entered Parliament as a Liberal MP. When Campbell-Bannerman formed his government in 1905, Harcourt became first commissioner of works, and a privy councillor. Two years later he was promoted to the cabinet, while remaining in the same post. Harcourt subsequently served as Colonial Secretary from 1910 to 1915, and in 1917 was raised to the House of Lords as Viscount Harcourt.

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