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Victor Christian William Cavendish, 9th Duke of Devonshire

(1868-1938), Politician, Governor-General of Canada

Sitter in 17 portraits
Cavendish entered Parliament as a Liberal Unionist MP in 1891, where he was the youngest member of the House of Commons. He remained there until 1908, when his uncle's death made him Duke of Devonshire and raised him to the House of Lords. In 1916, Cavendish was appointed to a five-year term as Governor General of Canada. As one of the biggest landowners in England, he was particularly interested in Canadian agriculture, and he was considered a wise and dignified Governor. On his return to England, he served briefly as Secretary of State for the Colonies. Cavendish was the father-in-law of prime minister Harold Macmillan.

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Victor Christian William Cavendish, 9th Duke of Devonshire, by Bassano Ltd, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x193806

Victor Christian William Cavendish, 9th Duke of Devonshire

by Bassano Ltd, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
postcard print, early 1900s
NPG x193806

9th Duke of Devonshire with his youngest children, by Unknown photographer - NPG x198455

9th Duke of Devonshire with his youngest children

by Unknown photographer
gelatin silver print, September 1919
NPG x198455

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