George Leveson-Gower

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Sir George Leveson-Gower

George Granville Leveson-Gower, Vanity Fair, 1886-08-14.jpg
"My dear George". Caricature of Edward Leveson-Gower by Spy published in Vanity Fair in 1886.
Comptroller of the Household
In office
25 August 1892 – 21 June 1895
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone
The Earl of Rosebery
Preceded by Lord Arthur Hill
Succeeded by Lord Arthur Hill
Personal details
Born 19 May 1858
Died 18 July 1951 (1951-07-19) (aged 93)
Nationality British
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Hon. Adelaide Monson (d. 1955)
Alma mater Balliol College, Oxford

Sir George Granville Leveson-Gower KBE (19 May 1858 – 18 July 1951), was a British civil servant and Liberal politician from the Leveson-Gower family. He held political office as Comptroller of the Household between 1892 and 1895 and later served as a Commissioner of Woods and Forests from 1908 to 1924. In 1921 he was knighted.

Background and education[edit]

A member of the Leveson-Gower family headed by the Duke of Sutherland, Leveson-Gower was the son of the Honourable Frederick Leveson-Gower, third son of Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Earl Granville. His mother was Lady Margaret Compton, daughter of Spencer Compton, 2nd Marquess of Northampton. She died shortly after his birth and his father never remarried.[1] He was educated at Eton[2] and Balliol College, Oxford.[1]


Leveson-Gower was private secretary to Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone from 1880 to 1885.[1] The latter year he entered Parliament for Staffordshire North-West,[3] and served under Gladstone as a Junior Lord of the Treasury from February[4] to July 1886.[1] He lost his seat in the 1886 general election[3] but returned to the House of Commons when he was elected for Stoke-upon-Trent in an 1890 by-election, a seat he held until 1895.[5] He was Comptroller of the Household from 1892[6] to 1895[7] under Gladstone and later Lord Rosebery. Leveson-Gower later served as chairperson of the Home Counties Liberal Federation from 1905 to 1908[2] and as a Commissioner of Woods and Forests from 1908 to 1924.[1] He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in the 1921 New Year Honours.[8]


Leveson-Gower married the Honourable Adelaide Violet Cicely Monson, daughter of Debonnaire John Monson, 8th Baron Monson, in 1898. They had three daughters. He died in July 1951, aged 93. Lady Leveson-Gower died in April 1955.[1]


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Staffordshire North-West
Succeeded by
Justinian Edwards-Heathcote
Preceded by
William Leatham Bright
Member of Parliament for Stoke-upon-Trent
Succeeded by
Douglas Harry Coghill
Political offices
Preceded by
Lord Arthur Hill
Comptroller of the Household
Succeeded by
Lord Arthur Hill