William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898) was a colossus of 19th Century British politics serving bothÂ as Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer on four separate occasions.
Lord Palmerston's death in the autumn of 1865 allowed Gladstone and his allyÂ Lord Russell a greater freedom toÂ draft a new Reform bill. He was emblazoned by aÂ liberal zeal as much served by his Quaker beliefs as politicalÂ acumen. The Reform debates of 1867 saw Disraeli actively try to wrench any Gladstonian influence from its tenets which frustrated his rival greatly.
But the extension of political franchisementÂ enabled by the Act would aid Gladstone's career to greater heights in the years that followed.