Granville George Leveson Gower Granville, second earl, a British statesman, born in London, May 11, 1815. He was educated at Eton and Oxford, and entered public life in 1835 as attache to the British embassy at Paris, of which his father, the first Earl Granville, a well known diplomatist, was the head. In 183G he was returned to parliament for the borough of Morpeth, subsequently became under secretary of state for foreign affairs, and sat for Lichfield from September, 1841, to January, 1846, when he succeeded to his title. He held the seals of the foreign office in the Russell cabinet from December, 1851, to February, 1852, and was lord president of the council from December, 1852, to June, 1854, from February, 1855, to February, 1858, and from June, 1859, to June, 18(36. In 1868 he again became a member of the cabinet as secretary of state for the colonies. In the house of lords he was a leader in debate, and ably sustained liberal views in regard to the Irish church bill, 1869, and the land bill, 1870. On the death of Lord Clarendon in 1870 he became secretary for foreign affairs.

He resigned with the other members of the Gladstone cabinet in February, 1874.