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A sophisticated rhetorician inebriated with the exuberance of his own verbosity and gifted with an egotistical imagination that can at all times command an interminable and inconsistent series of arguments to malign an opponent and to glorify himself once said by Benjamin Disraeli a former Prime Minister of England and competitor of William Gladstone for the position He also stated He has not one single redeeming defect William Gladstone was a very successful and caring man This was shown through his work and family life On May 19th 1898 Gladstone died at Hawarden He was then buried in Westminster Abbey William Ewart Gladstone was son of John Gladstone a very wealthy man John Gladstones1828 fortune would be worth a modern 25 million pounds He had gotten this from his early Liverpool days when he was primarily a corn trader that brought him to the Mersey the skill which he had developed in Leith and he also made mostly Baltic purchases He then became a partner of the East Indian house which dealt with mainly subcontinents and coming up against the restrictive privilege of the East India Company In 1843 he turned himself from a merchant adventurer into a rentier The West Indies stake was down and his shareholdings were up Sugar was the core of his West Indies activities but tobacco and cotton were also important He did not trade in slaves even before the slave trade was outlawed in Britain in 1807 However The plantations he operated were under slave labour throughout his time as a West Indian magnate In 1818 John then became a member of Parliament His career in Parliament never prospered due to starting at the age of fifty-four He also
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