William Ewart Gladstone

One of the most prominent figures in nineteenth century British politics. Known as G.O.M, which stood for 'Grand Old Man' (although his rival Benjamin Disraeli joked that it was actually 'God's Only Mistake') William Ewart Gladstone served four times as Liberal Prime Minister (1868 - 1874, 1880 - 1885, 1886 and 1892 - 1894). As such, he dominated the latter half of the century. His hobbies included reforming prostitutes, felling trees and insulting Benjamin Disraeli. Despite a mutual dislike between Gladstone and Queen Victoria, he was one of the most successful politicians of his day. His rule was dominated by the Irish Question, but his reforms were far-reaching and addressed a wide range of domestic and foreign policy issues.
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