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William Ewart Gladstone

Gladstone, William Ewart (1809–98), British statesman, Liberal Party; 4 times prime minister (1868–74; 1880–85; 1886; 1892–94). A powerful orator, dedicated social reformer, and deeply religious man, he introduced the secret ballot, the extension of the franchise, the abolition of sales of army concessions, the first Education Act, the Irish Land Act, and the disestablishment of the Anglican Church in Ireland.

See also: Liberal Party.

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