Lord Claud John Hamilton

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About Lord Claud John Hamilton






He held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Londonderry between 1865 and 1868. He held the office of a Lord of the Treasury in 1868. He held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) for King's Lynn between 1869 and 1880. He held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Liverpool between 1880 and 1888. He held the office of Aide-de-Camp to HM Queen Victoria between 1887 and 1997. He held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) for South Kensington between 1910 and 1918. He was invested as a Privy Counsellor (P.C.) in 1917. He was invested as a Knight of Justice, Order of St. John of Jerusalem (K.J.St.J.). He held the office of High Steward of the Borough of Great Yarmouth and of Harwich

Lord Claud had been an aide-de-camp to Queen Victoria from 1887 to 1897 and was appointed to the Privy Council in 1917. He died in 1925, aged 81. However his principal contribution to British public life was as a director of the Great Eastern Railway from 1872, becoming vice-chairman in 1874, and chairman in 1893, continuing as chairman until 1922. "He devoted the main energies of his life to the company, constantly travelling over the system, observing its conduct and operation".The shares of the company (which had been bankrupt in 1866) rose from 76, shortly after he became a director, to par in 1896, and the dividend to 6% in 1901.

In 1900, the Great Eastern Railway named the first of its new class of 4-4-0 express passenger locomotives (designed by James Holden and designated GER Classes S46, D56 and H88 ) after its chairman, and the whole class came be known as the "Claud Hamilton" type.

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Lord Claud John Hamilton's Timeline

February 20, 1843
Hendon, Middlesex, England or Strabane, Tyrone, Ireland
April 20, 1843
Great Stanmore, Middlesex, England
April 21, 1879
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
July 23, 1883
London, England
January 26, 1925
Age 81
Paddington, London, Middlesex, England