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Grant was educated at Cambridge and entered Lincoln’s Inn in 1807. His political career began in 1811 when he was elected as Tory M.P. for the Inverness burghs. From 1818 to 1835 he was the member for Inverness-shire. In 1818 he was appointed as Chief Secretary for Ireland, serving until his dismissal in 1821. He was a supporter of Catholic emancipation.
Grant served as President of the Board of Trade and Treasurer of the Navy from 1827, and President of the Board of Control from 1830 to 1835. In 1835 he was appointed as Secretary of State for the Colonies, and was raised to the peerage as Baron Glenelg.
Following sustained criticism of his performance in office, and amid manoeuvrings to dismiss him, Glenelg resigned in 1838 and held no further office. He spent his last years in France.
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