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Lord George Hamilton
Lord George Francis Hamilton.jpg
First Lord of the Admiralty
In office
24 June 1885 – 28 January 1886
MonarchQueen Victoria
Prime MinisterThe Marquess of Salisbury
Preceded byThe Earl of Northbrook
Succeeded byThe Marquess of Ripon
In office
9 August 1886 – 11 August 1892
MonarchQueen Victoria
Prime MinisterThe Marquess of Salisbury
Preceded byThe Marquess of Ripon
Succeeded byThe Earl Spencer
Secretary of State for India
In office
4 July 1895 – 9 October 1903
MonarchQueen Victoria
Edward VII
Prime MinisterThe Marquess of Salisbury
Arthur Balfour
Preceded byHenry Fowler
Succeeded byHon. St John Brodrick
Personal details
Born(1845-12-17)17 December 1845
Died22 September 1927(1927-09-22) (aged 81)
NationalityBritish
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Lady Maud Lascelles
(1846–1938)
Children3
Parent(s)James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Abercorn
Lady Louisa Russell
Alma materHarrow School

Lord George Francis Hamilton GCSI PC JP (17 December 1845 – 22 September 1927) was a British Conservative Party politician of the late 19th and early 20th centuries who served as First Lord of the Admiralty and Secretary of State for India.

Background

Hamilton was the third son of James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Abercorn and Lady Louisa, daughter of John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford, and was educated at Harrow. He served with the Rifle Brigade and Coldstream Guards, achieving the rank of lieutenant.

Political career

Hamilton was Member of Parliament for Middlesex between 1868 and 1885 and for Ealing between 1885 and 1906. He served under Benjamin Disraeli as Under-Secretary of State for India from 1874 to 1878 and as Vice-President of the Committee on Education from 1878 to 1880 and was sworn of the Privy Council in 1878.

He entered the cabinet as First Lord of the Admiralty under Lord Salisbury in 1885, a post he held until 1886 and again between 1886 and 1892. In 1894 he was elected as Chairman of the London School Board, standing down after one year when the Unionists won the general election and he became Secretary of State for India under Salisbury, which he remained until 1903, the last year under the premiership of Arthur Balfour. In 1903 he was appointed a GCSI. In 1916 he was part of the Mesopotamia Commission of Inquiry.

Other public appointments

For a number of years, Hamilton was a member of the board of the Underground Electric Railways Company of London (UERL) which ran the majority of London's Underground lines. He served as the company's chairman between 1915 and 1919, following the resignation of Sir Edgar Speyer in 1915.[1][2]

Hamilton also held the honorary posts of Captain of Deal Castle (1899–1923) and Major of Deal (1909) and received the degree of honorary LLD from Glasgow University and of honorary DCL from the University of Oxford. He was also a Justice of Peace for Middlesex and Westminster.

He was also President of the Royal Statistical Society from 1910 to 1912 and from 1915 to 1916.[3]

Family and children

Hamilton married Lady Maud Caroline, daughter of Henry Lascelles, 3rd Earl of Harewood, in 1871. They had three sons:

Hamilton died in September 1927, aged 81. His wife survived him by eleven years and died in April 1938.

Ancestry

References

  1. ^ "New Chairman of the Underground". The Times. No. 40858. 19 May 1915. p. 13. Retrieved 9 August 2009.
  2. ^ "Sir A. Stanley on Railway Services". The Times. No. 42114. 31 May 1919. p. 12. Retrieved 9 August 2009.
  3. ^ "Royal Statistical Society Presidents". Royal Statistical Society. Archived from the original on 13 October 2008. Retrieved 5 August 2010.
Parliament of the United Kingdom Preceded byViscount EnfieldandHenry Labouchère Member of Parliament for Middlesex 18681885 With: Viscount Enfield 1857–1874Octavius Edward Coope 1874–1885 Constituency abolished New constituency Member of Parliament for Ealing 18851906 Succeeded bySir Herbert Nield Political offices Preceded byM. E. Grant Duff Under-Secretary of State for India 1874 – 1878 Succeeded byHon. Edward Stanhope Preceded byViscount Sandon Vice-President of the Committee on Education 1878–1880 Succeeded byA. J. Mundella Preceded byThe Earl of Northbrook First Lord of the Admiralty 1885 – 1886 Succeeded byThe Marquess of Ripon Preceded byThe Marquess of Ripon First Lord of the Admiralty 1886 – 1892 Succeeded byThe Earl Spencer Preceded byHenry Fowler Secretary of State for India 1895 – 1903 Succeeded byHon. St John Brodrick Government offices Preceded byJoseph Diggle Chairman of the London School Board 1894 – 1895 Succeeded byThe Marquess of Londonderry Business positions Preceded bySir Edgar Speyer Chairman,Underground Electric Railways Company of London 1915–1919 Succeeded bySir Albert Stanley