William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), British Liberal Statesman, c1890. William Gladstone was born in Liverpool and educated at Oxford from where in 1832 he embarked on his political career. Gladstone became Prime Minister in 1868, and then a further two times in 1880 and 1886. Whilst in power Gladstone bought in major reforms to Ireland and established a system of national education in England. He is seen here as an old man, seated in his study.