Parker, Charles Stuart
b. 1829-06-01
Son of a West India merchant who was compensated for 400 slaves when the British government emancipated them during the 1830s, Parker was educated at Eton and University College, Oxford.1 After some years as a public examiner, Parker served as private secretary to Secretary of State for the Colonies Edward Cardwell during his tenure from 1864 to 1866.2 When the Liberal Party returned to power in 1868, Parker served as Cardwell's private secretary again during the latter's tenure as secretary of state for war. He played a considerable role in Cardwell's army reforms.3 In 1899, Parker published in three volumes Life of Sir Robert Peel from his private papers.4 Made a privy councillor in 1907, Parker was one of the signatories of the Proclamation of King George V shortly before he died in 1910.5
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