William Ewart Gladstone was born December 29, 1809 – died May 19, 1898.  Gladstone was a British Liberal Party statesman and Prime Minister (1868–74, 1880–85, 1886 and 1892–94). Gladstone is famous for his intense rivalry with Benjamin Disraeli, who rose to become Conservative Leader. The rivalry was not only political, but also personal. When Disraeli died, Gladstone proposed a state funeral, but Disraeli’s will asked for him to be buried next to his wife, to which Gladstone replied, “As [Disraeli] lived, so he died — all display, without reality or genuineness.” Disraeli, for his part, said that GOM (which stood for Grand Old Man, Gladstone’s nickname), really stood for “God’s Only Mistake”. The English statesman was famously at odds with Queen Victoria for much of his career. She once complained “He always addresses me as if I were a public meeting.” Gladstone was known affectionately by his supporters as the “Grand Old Man” or “The People’s William”. He is still regarded as one of the greatest British prime ministers, with Winston Churchill and others citing Gladstone as their inspiration.


Original William Gladstone Autograph, Signed on an Envelope. Postage date of Ju 4 84. Regular Price – $ 999.00 / Sale Price – $ 495.00.

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