Baron Taunton I. Henry, an English statesman, born in London, Aug. 15, 1798, died July 13, 1869. His father, Peter Caesar Labouchere, whose ancestors left France at the period of the revocation of the edict of Nantes and became established in Holland, was a partner in the banking house of Hope and co. of Amsterdam, and settled in England, where he married a daughter of Sir Francis Baring. The son was educated at Oxford, and in 1826 entered parliament as member for St. Michael's. About the same time he visited America, to study the operation of republican institutions, which confirmed his liberal opinions, and he was long recognized as one of the most prominent leaders of the British liberal party. He sat for St. Michael's till 1830, when he was returned for Taunton, retaining this seat by successive reelections till 1859, when he was raised to the peerage. From 1832 to 1834 he was one of the lords of the admiralty, and from 1835 to 1839 vice president of the board of trade, master of the mint, and privy councillor. He was chief secretary for Ireland from 1846 to 1847, president of the board of trade from 1847. to 1852, and from 1855 to 1858 secretary of state for the colonies.
As he had no male heir, his title became extinct at his death.
II. Henry Du Pre, an English politician, nephew of the preceding, born in London in 1831. He was in the diplomatic service from 1854 to 1864, and was a liberal member of parliament from July, 1865, to April, 1866, and from April, 1867, to November, 1868. During the siege of Paris he was correspondent of the London "Daily News," and his letters were published as the " Diary of a Besieged Resident in Paris" (London, 1871).