William Ewart Gladstone, British Liberal statesman, 19th century (1956). 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 bought in major reforms to Ireland and established a system of national education in England. From the Gernsheim Collection, London. A print from People, a volume about the origin and early history of many things, common and less common, essential and inessential, by Readers Union, the Grosvenor Press, London, 1956.