- William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898)
Although born in Liverpool, in 1809, Gladstone was always quick to point to his two Scottish parents and that "not a drop of blood in my veins is not Scottish." He entered parliament in 1832 and he served a record 61 years in the House of Commons>, becoming Prime Minister on no less than four occasions - the last at the age of 82. And as Chancellor of the Exchequer he was noted for simplifying the tax system. He had a gift for public speaking and in a famous election campaign in Midlothian in 1879 an estimated 20,000 people heard him speak. His great political rival for many years was Benjamin Disraeli>. Gladstone died in 1898 and is buried in Westminster Abbey.
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