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Hampden, Henry Bouverie William Brand, 1st Viscount

HAMPDEN, HENRY BOUVERIE WILLIAM BRAND, 1ST VISCOUNT (1812-1892), speaker of the House of Commons, was the second son of the 21st Baron Dacre, and descended from ohn Hampden, the patriot, in the female line; the barony of Dacre devolved on him in 1890, after he had been created Viscount Hampden in 1 884. He entered parliament as a Liberal n 1852, and for some time was chief whip of his party. In 1872 le was elected speaker, and retained this post till February 1884. It fell to him to deal with the systematic obstruction of :he Irish Nationalist party, and his speakership is memorable Jor his action on the 2nd of February 1881 in refusing further debate on W. E. Forster's Coercion Bill a step which led to the 'ormal introduction of the closure into parliamentary procedure. He died on the 14th of March 1892, being succeeded as 2nd viscount by his son (b. 1841), who was governor of New South Wales, 1895-1899.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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