Fox, Charles-James, 1749-1806

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Birth 1749-01-24
Death 1806-09-13
Britons
English

Biographical notes:

Charles James Fox was born in London on January 24, 1749. After attending Eton and Oxford, his first political success came with his election to Parliament in 1768. Though he initially supported the government's efforts against the populist machinations of John Wilkes, Fox's political views began to shift after receiving and resigning a number of political appointments, leading him to increasingly ally himself with the Rockingham Whigs. During the early 1770s, Fox opposed the British economic policies that later sparked the American Revolution. In July 1780, he was elected to the first of many parliamentary terms representing Westminster, and from 1782-1784 he served in the ministry of Rockingham and Shelburne. After the failure of an unlikely coalition with Lord North in 1783, Fox's antipathy toward King George III increased dramatically, defining the remainder of his political career. During William Pitt's term as Prime Minister, Fox became an outspoken supporter of Irish Home Rule and a prominent opposition leader. He died on September 13, 1806.

From the guide to the Charles James Fox papers, Fox, Charles James papers, 1760-1837, 1783-1806, (William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan)

English statesman.

From the description of Document signed : London, 1782 Dec. 7. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270480609

From the description of Letter in third person (not autograph) : London, to Admiral Lacrosse, 1806 Jul. 5. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270482260

From the description of Autograph letter signed : St. Anne's Hill, to Mr. Serj. Adair, 1793 Jun. 6. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270472428

From the description of Secretarial letter in third person : St. James, to the Comte d'Adhémar, 1793 Aug. 29. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270483620

From the description of Letter signed : London, to an M.P., 1792 Feb. 11. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270482541

From the description of Autograph letter signed : St. James's Place, to Sir William (Johnstone) Pulteney, 1783 Dec. 21. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270472478

From the description of Document signed : London, 1773 Jul. 22. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270480594

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Chertsey, to Thomas Stepney, 1804 Jan. 7. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270466657

From the description of Letter signed : London, to Sir William Hamilton, 1782 May 17. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270482582

From the description of Autograph postscript signed with initials : Chertsey, to Dennis O'Bryen, 1799 Jul. 5. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270476992

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Chertsey, to the Rev. H. Bate Dudley, 1800 May 22. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270466625

From the description of Autograph letter in third person : St. Jame's Place, to Sir William (Johnstone) Pulteney, 1784 Apr. 18. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269606115

Charles James Fox, English Whig politician. A supporter of the American and French Revolutions, he was also a campaigner against slavery, and an advocate of religious tolerance. Fox's scandalous predelictions for gambling and women led to his dubious distinction of being satirized in political cartoons more than any other figure in late 18th century Britain.

From the description of Charles James Fox manuscript material : 4 items, ca. 1793-1802 (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 225885626

Charles James Fox, a well-known orator and Foreign Secretary in the British government under Rockingham, was an outspoken champion of reform and dominated opposition politics during the second half of the eighteenth century.

From the description of Liberty, reform and the politics of opposition: the papers and correspondence of Charles James Fox, 1764-1842 (inclusive), [microform]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122391247

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Subjects:

  • Opposition (Political science)
  • Liberty
  • Politicians--Correspondence
  • Anglo--French War, 1793-1802
  • Great Britain--Politics and government--1760-1820
  • Regency

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  • Politicians
  • Reformers

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  • France (as recorded)
  • Great Britain (as recorded)
  • Pondicherry (India) (as recorded)
  • Great Britain (as recorded)
  • France (as recorded)
  • France (as recorded)