William Henry Gladstone

GLADSTONE, William Henry. b. Hawarden, Flintshire, 3 June 1840; d. Westminster, London, 4 July 1891. He was the eldest son of William Ewart Gladstone*, the celebrated prime minister. Educated like his father at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford, he followed him into politics, serving as Member of Parliament for Chester (1865-68), Whitby (1868-80), and East Worcestershire (1880-85). He also served as a junior Lord of the Treasury (1869-74), and he was Sheriff of Flintshire (1888-89). An accomplished organist and classical scholar, he had a special interest in the heritage of Anglican church music and went on to write chants, anthems, organ voluntaries and ten hymn tunes. The best...

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