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Richard George Penn Curzon, 4th Earl Howe, GCVO (28 April 1861 – 10 January 1929) was an English courtier and Conservative politician. He sat in the House of Commons from 1885 until 1900 when he inheirted a Peerage.


Early life

Curzon was the eldest son of Hon. Richard Curzon-Howe (later Earl Howe) and his wife Isabella Katherine Anson, daughter of Major-General the Hon. George Anson. He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. He was known as Viscount Curzon from the death of his uncle in 1876 until 1900. He was a lieutenant in the Leicestershire Yeoman Cavalry and a J.P. for Buckinghamshire.[1]

Public offices

In 1885, Curzon was elected Member of Parliament for Wycombe. He was appointed Treasurer of the Household in 1896. In 1900 he inherited his father's titles and gave up his seat in the House of Commons.[2] He was a Lord-in-Waiting from 1900 until 1903, when was knighted and became Lord Chamberlain to Queen Alexandra. [3] He served in that post until the Queen's death in 1925.

On his own death, in 1929, his titles passed to his eldest son, Francis.


Curzon married Lady Georgiana Elizabeth Spencer-Churchill (St. James's, 14 May 1860 – 9 February 1906, the fifth daughter of John Spencer-Churchill, 7th Duke of Marlborough) on 4 June 1883 at St George's, Hanover Square. They had one son, Francis, later styled Viscount Curzon, later Earl Howe (1884-1964).

After his wife's death in 1906, Curzon married the Dowager Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava in 1919. After her death in 1925, Curzon then married his first cousin once removed, Lorna Dick.[4]


Political offices
Preceded by
Marquess of Carmarthen
Treasurer of the Household
Succeeded by
Victor Cavendish
Preceded by
The Earl of Clarendon
Succeeded by
The Earl of Erroll
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Gerard Smith
Member of Parliament for Wycombe
Succeeded by
William Grenfell
Court offices
Preceded by
The Viscount Colville of Culross
Lord Chamberlain to Queen Alexandra
Office abolished
Death of Queen Alexandra
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Richard Curzon-Howe
Earl Howe
2nd creation
Succeeded by
Francis Curzon




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