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Henry Peter, Lord Brougham (1778–1868)

Brougham, Henry Peter, Lord Brougham and Vaux (brö’am or bröm). An eminent British statesman, orator, and author; born in Edinburgh, Sept. 19, 1778; died at Cannes, France, May 7, 1868. His article on Byron’s ‘Hours of Idleness’ in the Edinburgh Review, which he had helped to found, provoked the poet to write his ‘English Bards and Scotch Reviewers.’ In 1810 Brougham entered Parliament and became Lord Chancellor in 1830, and a baron. The famous Reform Bill of 1832 was carried during his chancellorship, and largely by his agency. His miscellaneous writings in their collected edition (11 vols., 1855–61) cover a vast number and variety of subjects. His best works are his ‘Sketches of the Statesmen of the Time of George III.’ and ‘Lives of Men of Letters and Science.’ An edition of his ‘Speeches,’ corrected by himself, was published in four volumes in 1838. His ‘Autobiography’ was written in extreme old age, and is unreliable.