1827 – Born on October 14th in York, Yorkshire, England. British lawyer, journalist, politician, and cabinet member in five British Liberal governments.
1854 – Harcourt briefly taught international law at the University of Cambridge.
1868 – Entered the House of Commons.
1873-1874 – Harcourt served Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone as solicitor general.
– He was knighted.
1886 – He was the chancellor of the Exchequer.
1894 – Achieved a major reform in death duties, or estate taxation.
– Remained as chancellor of the Exchequer in the 5th Earl of Rosebery’s government and became leader of the House of Commons.
– By imposing a graduated tax on the total estate of a deceased person, Harcourt’s legislation was capable of producing much more revenue than taxes only on the amounts inherited by beneficiaries.
1898 – Resigned as leader of the Liberal opposition in the Commons.
1903 – He attacked British imperialism in the Transvaal and the protective-tariff proposals of Joseph Chamberlain.
1904 – Died on October 1st in Nuneham Courtnay, Oxfordshire.