Tennyson, Hallam Tennyson, baron, 1852-1928

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Birth 1852-08-11
Death 1928-12-02

Biographical notes:

Son of Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

From the description of Autograph letters signed : Harringford, Freshwater, Isle of Wight, to Arthur Sullivan, 1886 Apr. 8 to 1886 Apr. 19. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270126568

Appointed Governor of South Australia in 1899. Governor General of Australia, 1902-1904.

From the description of Papers. 1893-1913. (Libraries Australia). WorldCat record id: 225718906

English politician and writer - son of Lord Tennyson.

From the description of Autograph letters (11) and 4 postals signed : to Prof. Knight, 1880 Jul. 21-1897 Nov. 26. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270571539

Son of the Poet Laureate.

From the description of Typed copy of a letter : Farringford, Freshwater, Isle of Wight, to Aubrey De Vere, 1886 May 10. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270571556

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Farringford, Freshwater, Isle of Wight, to John W. Field, 1886 May 23. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270571550

Hallam Tennyson, son of the poet Alfred Tennyson, was the second Baron Tennyson. Educated at home by doting parents, he attended Trinity College and was admitted to the Inner Temple. Although he published some poetry and other literary efforts, he soon became an important part of his father's life, acting as secretary, amanuensis, confidant, and caretaker. After the elder Tennyson's death, Hallam sifted through his father's letters and wrote a biography, after which about three-quarters of the letters were destroyed. Later, he served with distinction as governor-general of Australia, and remained active in government after his return to England, as well as editing a collection of his father's poems and writing a memoir.

From the description of Hallam Tennyson letter to Theodore Watts, 1889 Sept. 13. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 76756334

Son of Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron and Poet Laureate. Was Governor and Commander-in-chief of South Australia 1899-July 1902. After this he became Acting Governor-General then Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia until his return to England in 1904. In 1905 became Privy Councillor, and in 1913 Deputy Governor of the Isle of Wight.

From the description of Papers of Baron Hallam Tennyson [manuscript]. 1895-1919. (Libraries Australia). WorldCat record id: 225819393

Son of Alfred Tennyson.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Government House, Adelaide, to an unidentified recipient, 1908 July 8. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270855054

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Freshwater, I.O.W., to W. Channing Arnold, 1891 Dec. 30. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270855049

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Freshwater, I.O.W., to an unidentified recipient, 1886 Mar. 26. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270855051

From the description of Autograph letters signed (2) : Freshwater, I.O.W., to Mr. [James] Knowles, 1876 Jan. 13 and [no year] May 6. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270855056

Hallam Tennyson, 2nd Baron Tennyson (11 August 1852-2 December 1928), second Governor-General of Australia, was born at Chapel House, Twickenham, in Surrey, England. He was the elder son of Alfred Tennyson, the most popular and prominent poet of late Victorian England.

Hallam was educated at Marlborough College and Trinity College, Cambridge, but his career aspirations ended when his parents' age and ill-health obliged him to leave Cambridge to become their personal secretary. The idea of going into politics was also abandoned.

It was partly for Hallam's benefit that Alfred Tennyson accepted a peerage in 1884, the year Hallam married Audrey Boyle (after being disappointed in his love for Mary Gladstone, daughter of William Ewart Gladstone). On his father's death in 1892, he inherited the title Baron Tennyson, and also the role of official biographer. His Tennyson: a Memoir was published in 1897.

Excerpted from from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hallam_Tennyson, 2005

From the guide to the Hallam Tennyson Letters and Postcards MS 136., 1886-1926, (Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX)


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