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William George Granville Venables Vernon Harcourt (William) (Vernon)


Lawyer and statesman. Acquired a large practice at the parliamentary bar. Regular contributor to publications including the Morning Chronicle and the Saturday Review; from 1861, published many letters in The Times, under the signature Historicus, on matters of international law arising from the American Civil War. Whewell Professor of international law, University of Cambridge, 1869–87. Liberal MP for Oxford, 1868–80; for Derby, 1880–95; for Monmouthshire West, 1895–1904. Home secretary, 1880–5; chancellor of the Exchequer, 1892. Knighted, 1873.



Dod’s parliamentary companion.


Dod’s parliamentary companion: The parliamentary pocket companion … compiled from official documents, and from the personal communications of members of both houses. Dod’s parliamentary companion. London: Whittaker, Treacher, & Arnot; Whittaker & Co. 1833–1914.

ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.