William Ewart Gladstone, 19th century British Liberal statesman and prime minister, c1905. William Gladstone (1809-1898) was born in Liverpool and educated at Oxford from where in 1832 he embarked on his political career. He became Prime Minister in 1868, and then a further two times in 1880 and 1886. Whilst in power Gladstone brought in major reforms to Ireland and established a system of national education in England. Photo published in Parliament Past and Present by Arnold Wright and Philip Smith, (London, c1905).
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