Edward Herbert, 3rd Earl of Powis
Edward James Herbert, 3rd Earl of Powis (5 November 1818 – 7 May 1891), styled Viscount Clive between 1839 and 1848, was a British peer and politician.
Powis was born at The Angel Hotel, Pershore, Worcestershire, the eldest son of Edward Herbert, 2nd Earl of Powis, and Lady Lucy, daughter of James Graham, 3rd Duke of Montrose. The Hon. Sir Percy Egerton Herbert was his younger brother and also a Member of Parliament.
He was educated at Eton College and St John's College, Cambridge, where he was president of the University Pitt Club, and he graduated as MA in 1840 and LLD in 1848. He was also awarded an honorary degree as DCL by Oxford University.
He was later appointed High Steward of Cambridge University in 1863.
Paternally great-grandson of Clive of India and grandson of a former Governor of Madras (Edward Clive, 1st Earl of Powis), the Earl was offered the Viceroyalty of India by then Prime Minister Disraeli in 1875, when aged 67, but declined, fearing his health "would not be suited to the rigours of the tropical climate". On the preserved envelope of the letter he scrawled, "Not worth considering - Powis."
Powis (then Viscount Clive) was commissioned a cornet in the South Salopian Yeomanry Cavalry in 1840, and was captain by his father's death in 1848, when he succeeded him as colonel commanding the regiment. He remained in command until resigning in 1871, aged 63.
Lord Powis died at his London home at 45 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, in May 1891, aged 72, and was buried at St Mary's Church, Welshpool. He was unmarried and was succeeded in the earldom by his nephew, George.
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|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Hon. Sir Rowland Hill
|Member of Parliament for North Shropshire
With: William Ormsby-Gore
John Whitehall Dod
The Lord Sudeley
|Lord Lieutenant of Montgomeryshire
Sir Herbert Williams-Wynn, Bt
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
|Earl of Powis
George Charles Herbert