Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey Biography
(Former Prime Minister of United Kingdom)
Birthday: March 13, 1764 (Pisces)
Born In: Fallodon, Northumberland, England
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, KG, PC served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom between November 1830 to July 1834. A native of Northumberland, he was appointed Viscount Howick and Baron Grey of Howick following the death of his father in 1807. Later, he was made the third Baronet Grey of Howick. As a member of the Whig Party, Grey served as the leader of several reform movements, including the Reform Act 1832. In 1833, His government introduced laws abolishing slavery. He also served as the First Lord of Admiralty between February and September 1806, Leader of the House of Commons between September 1806 and March 1807, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs between September 1806 and March 1807, and Leader of the House of Lords between November 1830 and July 1834. In order to protest against the king’s unyielding refusal of Catholic emancipation, Grey quit Lord Grenville’s government in 1807. In 1834, he submitted his resignation as the PM following disputes in his cabinet about Ireland. He subsequently left politics altogether. A particular variant of tea, in which bergamot oil is added to increase the flavour of the brew, is named Earl Grey tea, after Charles.