Merivale, Herman
b. 1806-11-08
d. 1874-02-08
Herman Merivale, permanent under-secretary in the Colonial Office, was born on 8 November 1806 in Devonshire, England. He was educated at Oriel College, won a scholarship to Trinity College in 1825, received a fellowship at Balliol in 1828, and was an Eldon scholar by 1831. He was called to the bar at the Inner Temple in 1832. On 2 March 1837, he was elected professor of political economy at Oxford, where he remained for five years. In 1847, he was appointed assistant under-secretary in the Colonial Office, and was promoted to permanent under-secretary in 1848. In 1860, Merivale transferred to the India Office as the permanent under-secretary, a position he held for the remainder of his life. He died on 8 February 1874 at his home in South Kensington, London. During his career, Merivale was awarded a KCB but he refused as he saw no use for it. Rather he found his happiness and relaxation in poetry and writing -- including one of his known works: Lectures on Colonization.1
  • 1. Leslie Stephen and Donovan Williams, Merivale, Herman, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
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