Papers of George Canning, 1770-1827, 1st Baron Garvagh, politician

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Unpublished final volume of memoirs of James Clunie: Letters to a Friend 1971.

Administrative / Biographical History

George Canning was educated at Eton and Oxford, and entered Lincoln's Inn in  1791 . He was elected MP for Newport in 1794, and for Wendover in 1797, and was soon appointed to office, including being a member of the India Board (1799-1800 ) and being paymaster-general (1800-1801 ). After a period out of office, he became treasurer of the Navy (1804-1806 ), and foreign secretary (1807-1809 ), but resigned the latter office after fighting a duel with  Viscount Castlereagh (1769-1822 ). He was MP for Liverpool, (1812-1822 ), and returned to government as president of the India Board  1816-1821  . After becoming MP for Harwich in  1822  he was again appointed foreign secretary, in the administration of Lord Liverpool (1770-1828 ). On the latter's resignation because of serious ill-health, Canning was appointed prime minister and chancellor of the exchequer (April  1827 ), but he died on 08 August  1827 .


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Letters to EG Stanley, 1831-33: Liverpool Record Office, Reference: 920 Der 14, box 127 NRA 20084 Stanley.

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Fonds level description compiled by H M Kemp and Alan Borthwick, Scottish Archive Network project, 10 May 2002.

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