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Charles Grey

British Prime Minister Charles Grey

Full Name: Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey
Profession: British Prime Minister


Biography: As a Whig politician Charles Grey became Prime Minister in 1830 after many years in opposition. His major achievement was pushing through The Reform Act of 1832, which made major changes to the British electoral system.

Grey's other parliamentary achievements included abolishing the slave trade throughout the British Empire in 1833 and putting restrictions on the employment of children.

Before his marriage, Grey had a infamous affair with the married Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, resulting in a child. In his own marriage he produced a further 16 children. The tea, Earl Grey is named after him.

Born: March 13, 1764
Birthplace: Fallodon, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: July 17, 1845 (aged 81)

Married Life

  • 1794-11-18 2nd Earl Grey Charles Grey (30) weds only daughter of 1st Baron Ponsonby Mary Elizabeth Ponsonby

Historical Events

  • 1830-11-22 Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  • 1832-03-22 British Parliament, led by Charles Grey, passes the Reform Act, introducing wide-ranging changes to electoral system of England and Wales, increasing electorate from about 500,000 voters to 813,000

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