George Shaw-Lefevre, 1st Baron Eversley

George Shaw-Lefevre, 1st Baron Eversley

George John Shaw-Lefevre, 1st Baron Eversley, PC, DL (12 June 1831–19 April 1928) was a British Liberal politician.

The only son of Sir John George Shaw-Lefevre KCB and Rachel Enid Wright, and a nephew of Charles Shaw-Lefevre, 1st Viscount Eversley, he was educated at Eton and at Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1874 he married Constance Moreton, daughter of Henry John Reynolds Moreton, 3rd Earl of Ducie. He became a barrister in 1855, and a Bencher of the Inner Temple in 1882.

Shaw-Lefevre was unsuccessful Liberal candidate for Winchester in 1859 and a member of Sea Fisheries Commission, 1862. He was Member of Parliament for Reading from 1863-1885 and for Bradford Central from 1885-1895.

Shaw-Lefevre served in government as Civil Lord of the Admiralty from 1856; Commissioner to negotiate a Convention on Fisheries with French Government, 1858; carried vote in House of Commons for arbitration of the Alabama claims, 1868. He was Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade from 1869-1871 and Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department from January to March 1871, First Secretary of the Admiralty from 1871-1874, First Commissioner of Works from 1881-1883, and Postmaster-General from 1884-1885. He was again First Commissioner of Works and a member of Gladstone's Cabinet in 1892-1894 and President of the Local Government Board from 1894-1895. He was elected a Member of the London County Council in 1897, as Progressive for the Haggerston Division.

He was Chairman of Royal Commissions on the Loss of Life at Sea in 1885, and on the Agricultural Depression, 1893-1896. In 1866 he founded the Commons Preservation Society, and was President of the Statistical Society of London from 1878-1879. Shaw-Lefevre was created 1st Baron Eversley in 1906. The title became extinct on his death.

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