William Ewart Gladstone
Introduction Gladstone, William Ewart,
1809–98, British statesman, the dominant personality of the Liberal party
from 1868 until 1894. A great orator and a master of finance, he was deeply religious and brought a highly moralistic tone to politics. To many he represented the best qualities of Victorian England, but he was also passionately disliked, most notably by his sovereign, Queen Victoria
, and by his chief political rival, Benjamin Disraeli
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