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Author: Christopher Hobhouse
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1935.
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British Whig statesman whose parliamentary career spanned 38 years of the late 18th and early 19th centuries and who was the arch-rival of William Pitt the Younger. He rose to prominence in the House of Commons as a forceful and eloquent speaker with a notorious and colourful private life, though his opinions were rather conservative and conventional. However, with the coming of the American War of Independence and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hobhouse, Christopher, -1940.
Fox.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1935
(OCoLC)609319649
Named Person: Charles James Fox; Charles James Fox
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Hobhouse
OCLC Number: 1290213
Notes: Printed in Great Britain.
Includes index.
Description: xii, 320 pages : frontispiece (portrait) ; 23 cm
Responsibility: by Christopher Hobhouse ; with a frontispiece after Bunbury.

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British Whig statesman whose parliamentary career spanned 38 years of the late 18th and early 19th centuries and who was the arch-rival of William Pitt the Younger. He rose to prominence in the House of Commons as a forceful and eloquent speaker with a notorious and colourful private life, though his opinions were rather conservative and conventional. However, with the coming of the American War of Independence and the influence of the Whig Edmund Burke, Fox's opinions evolved into some of the most radical ever to be aired in the Parliament of his era. Fox became a staunch opponent of George III, whom he regarded as an aspiring tyrant; he supported the American Patriots, even dressing in the colors of George Washington's army. Briefly serving as Britain's first Foreign Secretary in 1782, he returned to the post in a coalition government with his old enemy Lord North in 1783. However, the King forced Fox and North out of government before the end of the year, replacing them with the twenty-four-year-old Pitt the Younger, and Fox spent the following twenty-two years facing Pitt and the government benches from across the Commons. Though Fox spent almost the entirety of his political career in opposition, he became noted as an anti-slavery campaigner, a supporter of the French Revolution, and a leading parliamentary advocate of religious tolerance and individual liberty. His friendship with his mentor Burke and his parliamentary credibility were both casualties of Fox's support for France during the Revolutionary Wars, but he went on to attack Pitt's wartime legislation and to defend the liberty of religious minorities and political radicals. After Pitt's death in January 1806, Fox served briefly as Foreign Secretary in the 'Ministry of All the Talents' of William Grenville, before he died on 13 September 1806, aged 57.--Wikipedia

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