George Clive (Liberal politician)

George Clive
Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department
In office
18 June 1859  14 November 1862
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister The Viscount Palmerston
Preceded by Gathorne Hardy
Succeeded by Henry Bruce
Personal details
Born October 1805 (1805-10)
Died 8 June 1880 (1880-06-09) (aged 74)
Nationality British
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Ann Farquhar (d. 1907)
Alma mater Brasenose College, Oxford

George Clive DL JP (October 1805 – 8 June 1880) was a British barrister, magistrate and Liberal politician.

Background and education

A member of the Clive (now Herbert) family headed by the Earl of Powis, George Clive was the son of Edward Clive and great-grandson of Reverend Benjamin Clive, uncle of Robert Clive, 1st Baron Clive ("Clive of India"). His mother was the Hon. Harriett, daughter of Andrew Archer, 2nd Baron Archer. He was educated at Harrow and Brasenose College, Oxford, and was called to the Bar, Lincoln's Inn, in 1830.

Clive was appointed a Revising Barrister for Droitwich before 1837[1] and became a Police Magistrate of London between 1839 and 1847. Between 1847 and 1857 he was a Judge of Southwark. From 1857 to 1870 he was a Recorder of Wokingham.

Political career

Clive entered Parliament for Hereford in 1857, a seat he held until 1868 and again between 1874 and 1880. He served under Lord Palmerston as Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department from 1859 to 1862.


Clive married Ann Sybella Martha, daughter of Sir Thomas Harvie Farquhar, 2nd Baronet, in 1835. They had several children, including General Edward Clive, father of Sir Sidney Clive. He died in June 1880, aged 74. His wife remained a widow until her death in February 1907.


  1. Knapp, Jerome William. "Cases of Controverted Elections in the Twelfth Parliament of the United ..., pp 57 - 64,". London, 1837. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Robert Price, Bt
Henry Morgan-Clifford
Member of Parliament for Hereford
With: Henry Morgan-Clifford 18571865
Richard Baggallay 18651868
John William Shaw Wylie 18681869
Succeeded by
Edward Clive
Chandos Wren-Hoskyns
Preceded by
Chandos Wren-Hoskyns
George Arbuthnot
Member of Parliament for Hereford
With: Evan Pateshall 18741878
George Arbuthnot 18781880
Succeeded by
Joseph Pulley
Robert Reid
Political offices
Preceded by
Gathorne Hardy
Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department
Succeeded by
Henry Bruce
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