Lord Henry Lennox
|The Right Honourable
Lord Henry Lennox
|Caricature by Ape published in Vanity Fair in 1870.|
|First Secretary of the Admiralty|
16 July 1866 – 1 December 1868
|Prime Minister||The Earl of Derby
|Preceded by||Thomas Baring|
|Succeeded by||William Edward Baxter|
|First Commissioner of Works|
21 March 1874 – 14 August 1876
|Prime Minister||Benjamin Disraeli|
|Preceded by||William Patrick Adam|
|Succeeded by||Hon. Gerard Noel|
|Born||2 November 1821|
|Died||29 August 1886|
|Spouse(s)||Amelia Brooman (d. 1903)|
|Alma mater||University of Oxford|
Lord Henry George Charles Gordon-Lennox PC (2 November 1821 – 29 August 1886), known as Lord Henry Lennox, was a British Conservative politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1846 to 1885 and was a close friend of Benjamin Disraeli.
Background and education
Lennox was the third son of Charles Gordon-Lennox, 5th Duke of Richmond, and Lady Caroline, daughter of Field Marshal Henry Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey. He was the brother of Charles Gordon-Lennox, 6th Duke of Richmond, Lord Alexander Gordon-Lennox and Lord George Gordon-Lennox. He was educated at The Prebendal School, Chichester, then University of Oxford.
Lennox held office in every Conservative government between 1852 and 1876. He was a Junior Lord of the Treasury in 1852 and between 1858 and 1859 in the first two short-lived governments of the Earl of Derby before becoming First Secretary of the Admiralty in 1866 in Derby's last government, a post he held until 1868, the last year under the premiership of his close friend Benjamin Disraeli. According to John F. Beeler in British naval policy in the Gladstone-Disraeli era, 1866-1880, Lennox acted as a spy to the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Disraeli, informing him of the intentions of leading admirals.
He served again under Disraeli as First Commissioner of Works from 1874 to 1876 and was admitted to the Privy Council in 1874. He was forced to resign as First Commissioner of Works after revelations in the case of Twycross v Grant regarding the Lisbon Tramways swindle, of which company he was a director.
Lennox married Amelia Susannah (née Brooman), widow of John White, in 1883. They had no children. He died in August 1886, aged 64. Lady Henry Lennox died in February 1903.
- thepeerage.com Rt. Hon. Lord Henry Charles George Gordon-Lennox
- leighrayment.com House of Commons: Chichester to Clitheroe
- Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1889, page 214
- Beeler, John F. British naval policy in the Gladstone-Disraeli era, 1866-1880, page 74. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1997.
- The London Gazette: . 27 March 1874.
- The London Gazette: . 10 July 1874.
- Sanders, Lloyd Charles (1893). "Lennox, Charles Gordon-". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography 33. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
- The New York Times 7 August 1876. "Affairs in England".
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Lord Henry Lennox
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
John Abel Smith
Lord Arthur Lennox
|Member of Parliament for Chichester
With: John Abel Smith 1846–1859
Humphrey William Freeland 1859–1863
John Abel Smith 1863–1868
(representation reduced to one member 1868)
The Earl of March
|First Secretary of the Admiralty
William Edward Baxter
William Patrick Adam
|First Commissioner of Works
Hon. Gerard Noel