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Sir William George Granville Venables Vernon Harcourt (14 October 1827 – 1 October 1904).
1827 Born at York, son of William Venables Vernon Harcourt (1789–1871), who had a short career in the Navy and then became a clergyman; he also had a great interest in chemistry and was a founder of the British Association. He was both rector of Wheldrake and canon at York where his father, Edward Venables Vernon Harcourt, had been archbishop from 1807 until he died in 1847.
1847 Entered Cambridge University to study mathematics
1850 Graduated B.A.
1851 At the Inner Temple
1854 Called to the Bar
1866 Q.C., specialising in railway law
1868-80 MP for Oxford
1869 Whewell Professor of International Law
1880 Appointed Ecclesiastical Commissioner for England
1880-5 Home Secretary
1880-95 MP for Derby
1886. Chancellor of the Exchequer and again 1892-5
1893 Appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer
1895-1904 MP for West Monmouth. Became lead of the Liberals in the Commons.
1898 Resigned the leadership of the Liberal Party
Married (1) Nov. 5, 1859, Maria Theresa, dau. of Thomas Henry Lister; (2) Elizabeth, widow of J. P. Ives and dau. of John L. Motley, the historian
1904 Succeeded to the family estates at Nuneham-Courtenay, Oxon.