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Thomas Denman

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Thomas Denman, 3rd Baron Denman GCMG, KCVO, PC (16 November 1874-24 June 1954) was a British Liberal politician and the fifth Governor-General of Australia.

Born in London, Denman was the son of Richard Denman, a court clerk. Thomas Denman, 1st Baron Denman, Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench, was his great-grandfather. He was educated at Sandhurst, intending a military career. H

e unexpectedly inherited his title from his great-uncle in 1894 and was able to take his seat in the House of Lords on his 21st birthday the following year.

He had little money until 1903, when he married Gertrude Pearson, daughter of the wealthy industrialist Weetman Dickinson Pearson (later first Viscount Cowdray). Denman was then able to devote his time to politics, and served in the Liberal administrations of Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman and H. H. Asquith as a Lord-in-Waiting (government whip in the House of Lords) from 1905 to 1907 and as Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms (government chief whip in the House of Lords) between 1907 and 1911.

He was admitted to the Privy Council in 1907. It seems that the Colonial Secretary offered Denman the post of Governor-General of Australia to get him out of politics.

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