See also:English historian and
See also:civil servant, was
See also:born on the 6th of
See also:February 1839 . He came of the younger branch of the
See also:family of the famous Whig
See also:minister, being descended from his
See also:brother, the 1st
See also:lord Walpole of Wolterton . He was the son of the latter's
See also:grandson, the Right Hon .
See also:Spencer Horatio Walpole (1807-1898), thrice home secretary under Lord Derby, and through his
See also:mother was grandson of Spencer
See also:Perceval, the Tory prime minister who was murdered in the
See also:House of
See also:Commons . He was educated at
See also:Eton, and from 1858 to 1867 was a clerk in the War
See also:Office, then be-coming an inspector of
See also:fisheries . In 1882 he was made
See also:governor of the Isle of Man, and from 1893 to 1899 he was secretary to the
See also:Post Office . In 1898 he was created K.C.B . Although well known as a most efficient public servant, and in private
See also:life as the most amiable of men,
See also:Sir Spencer Walpole's real title to remembrance is as an historian . His family connexions gave him a natural bent to the study of public affairs, and their mingling of Whig and Tory in politics contributed, no doubt, to that quality of judicious balance—inclining, however,to the Whig or moderate Liberal side—which, together with his sanity and accuracy, is so characteristic of his writings . His
See also:work, the
See also:History of England from 1815 (1878-1886), in six volumes, was carried down to 1858, and was continued in his History of Twenty-Five Years (1904) . Among his other publications come his lives of Spencer Perceval (1894) and Lord
See also:Russell (1889), and a
See also:volume of valuable Studies in Biography (1906); and he wrote the section of the article ENGLISH HISTORY, dealing in detail with the reign of
See also:Victoria, for the
See also:Encyclopaedia Britannica . He died on the 7th of
See also:July 1907 .
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