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George Douglas Campbell


(8th Duke of Argyll)

1823 - 1900

Politician. Born at Ardencaple (Argyll and Bute). In 1844, Campbell married Elizabeth Sutherland Leveson-Gower, daughter of the 2nd Duke of Sutherland, and succeeded his father to the Dukedom of Argyll in 1847. Campbell was regarded as a superb debater and by 1853 was a cabinet minister, remaining in office almost continuously until 1874. Between 1868 and 1874 he presided over territorial expansion in the Indian sub-continent as Secretary for India and introduced administrative reforms in that country. Campbell was also an amateur geologist and opposed the evolutionary theories of Charles Darwin.


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