Born on 4th of December 1811
Died on 27th of July 1892
It is a mystery why Robert Lowe is not a better known figure, given the breadth of his experience, his pioneering of company law, and belief in the need for subjects beyond the classics to be promoted in our education system. Though a Liberal he was also decidedly anti-union, and opposed electoral reform. Lowe studied at Winchester and Oxford, where he won a fellowship that was later resigned to enable him to marry, was called to the bar and then because of health problems (he had albinism) emigrated to Australia. In Sydney in the 1840s he built a profitable law practice and served in NSW’s Legislative Council before returning to Britain where he wrote leaders for The Times, then entered Parliament, where he held two of the great offices of state, Chancellor and Home Secretary. Despite earning Victoria’s enmity he was ennobled as Viscount Sherbrooke.
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