William Gladstone: A Vast Sphere of Lasting Influence Essay

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Every country has a leader who helps make significant changes toward the betterment of the country and the world. William Gladstone was that leader in Great Britain. Born in 1809, he entered the politics at the age of 22 in 1833. A strong Tory, who felt that any electoral reform would lead to revolution, he eventually became one of the founding members of the Liberal Party in 1859. He would later say that “I was brought up to distrust and to dislike liberty, and I learned to believe in it. That is the key to all my change” (Wilson 102). As Prime Minister and opposition leader for many years, he championed many reforms and his ministry was “one of the foremost reforming administrations of the century” (Tompson 287). His ability “to manage …show more content…
The Queen would also take sides on issues and micromanaged the Prime Minister and other key officers, in a desperate attempt to gain power. She didn’t maintain neutrality on issues as dictated by the British “constitution”. “The Queen had to be appeased, certainly, but she did not guide policy and certainly could not impose one" (Olechnowicz 181). By the 1880s it wouldn’t have been hard to destroy the monarchy but Gladstone’s personal devotion to the monarchy saved the monarchy, even though she hated him.
Gladstone was forever innovating and helping the people. His Midlothian campaign changed the face of British politics (Wilson123). Gladstone “introduced a new style of campaigning, making speaking tours and using an electoral platform to focus voters’ attention” (Thompson 63). He introduced things that are now taken for granted in campaigns. When parliament would not pass his bills, Gladstone went to the people to ignite support. This idea was unheard of at that time and established Gladstone celebrity status as the “People’s William.” He did many things for the people, including founding the Church Penitentiary Association for the Reclamation of Fallen Women which rehabilitated London’s prostitutes. He also pushed the Railway Bill of 1844 which provided cheaper travel for third class passengers.
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