|GEORGE WILLIAM LYTTELTON
(born Mar-31-1817, died Apr-19-1876, 59 years old) United Kingdom
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|George William Lyttelton was the 4th Baron of Lyttelton, succeeding his father in 1837. In 1838, he graduated from Trinity College and took his seat in the House of Lords. He is usually referred to simply as Lord Lyttelton. In 1846, he was briefly Under-Secretary of State for War and the Colonies for the Conservative Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel, but that administration lasted only until June of that year. More significantly, he founded the Canterbury Association to promote the colonization of that region of New Zealand. The port of Lyttelton, New Zealand is named after him. In 1855, he was at the founding of the British Chess Association at Leamington. He was named president of the BCA and held the post for many years. Lyttelton was involved the Staunton-Morphy negotiations in 1858, but had no real power to resolve the matter.|
Lord Lyttelton and his first wife, Mary Glynne, were married in 1839 and had eight sons and four daughters. Mary died in 1857 and Lyttelton married his second wife, Sybella Harriet Clive, in 1859. They had three daughters. He had prestige, power and a large family to carry on his heritage, but, at age 59, Lyttelton committed suicide by throwing himself down the stairs at Hagley Hall, the family's ancestral estate in Worchester. “but the heart pulses may beat too fast for life, and it is said that excess of deep and silent feeling for a daughter who had passed away before him, first disorganized, and then snapt asunder, the once tuneful chord of his former happy and useful existence.” - Notes and Queries, April 29, 1876.
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