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The Viscount Eversley 

In office
Monarch Victoria
Preceded by Hon. James Abercromby
Succeeded by Sir Evelyn Denison

Born 22 February 1794 (1794-02-22)
Died 28 December 1888 (1888-12-29)
Nationality British
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) Emma Whitbread (d. 1857)
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge

Charles Shaw-Lefevre, 1st Viscount Eversley GCB, PC (22 February 1794–28 December 1888), was a British Whig politician. He served as Speaker of the House of Commons from 1839 to 1857.


Background and education

Shaw-Lefevre was the son of Charles Shaw-Lefevre by his wife Helena, daughter of John Lefevre. His younger brother, Sir John Shaw-Lefevre, was a senior civil servant and one of the founders of the University of London, while his nephew, George, was a Liberal politician. He was educated at Winchester College and Trinity College, Cambridge.[1]

Political career

Shaw-Lefevre was the son-in-law of the sister of Lord Grey, the Whig Prime Minister, which advanced his career greatly. A Whig, he was MP for Downton 1830-31, for Hampshire 1831-32, and for North Hampshire 1832-57, when he was created Viscount Eversley, of Heckfield in the County of Southampton. He acquired, says the Encyclopædia Britannica, "a high reputation in the House of Commons for his judicial fairness, combined with singular tact and courtesy." By 1857 he was second-longest-serving Speaker ever, after Arthur Onslow, who held the post for more than 33 years. He lived at Heckfield Place in Hampshire.


Shaw-Lefevre married Emma Laura (d. 1857), daughter of Samuel Whitbread and Lady Elizabeth Grey, in 1817. They had three sons, who all died in infancy, and two daughters. Lady Eversley died in June 1857. Lord Eversley survived her by over thirty years and died in December 1888, aged 94. As he had no surviving sons, the title became extinct on his death.


  1. ^ Shaw-Lefevre, Charles in Venn, J. & J. A., Alumni Cantabrigienses, Cambridge University Press, 10 vols, 1922–1958.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Bartholomew Bouverie
Alexander Powell
Member of Parliament for Downton
1830 – 1831
With: James Brougham
Succeeded by
James Brougham
Thomas Creevey
Preceded by
John Willis Fleming
Sir Thomas Baring, Bt
Member of Parliament for Hampshire
1831 – 1832
With: Sir James Macdonald, Bt 1831–1832
Sir William Heathcote, Bt 1832
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Hampshire North
1832 – 1857
With: James Winter Scott 1832–1857
Sir William Heathcote, Bt 1837–1849
Melville Portal 1849–1857
Succeeded by
William Withey Bramston Beach
George Sclater-Booth
Political offices
Preceded by
Hon. James Abercromby
Speaker of the House of Commons
1839 – 1857
Succeeded by
Sir Evelyn Denison
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Viscount Eversley
1857 – 1888


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