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Having been educated at Eton and then Oxford, Howe took his seat in the House of Lords in 1820, having succeeded his paternal grandfather as Viscount Curzon. In 1821 he took the surname Howe after that of Curzon by royal licence, and shortly afterwards he was created 1st Earl Howe.
The earl’s politics were Tory. Between 1829 and 1830 he was a Lord of the Bedchamber and he later acted as Lord Chamberlain to Queen Adelaide - losing that office for a brief period on account of his voting against the Reform Bill.
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