Statesman; trained as a barrister and travelled to Australia in 1842 where he played an active role in politics until 1850. On his return to England, Lowe was leader writer for The Times and entered parliament two years later. He occupied posts in successive governments in the 1850s, distinguished himself as a speaker in the Reform debates of 1866–1867, and finally attained cabinet rank as Chancellor of the Exchequer (1868–1873), and Home Secretary (1873–1874), in Gladstone's first administration. He was raised to the House of Lords as Viscount Sherbrooke in 1880. Lowe was born an albino, and his sight was so weak that initially it was thought he was unfit to be sent to school.
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