"Gladstone was famous for his supreme energy"

William Ewart Gladstone, informal portrait
Public DomainWilliam Ewart Gladstone, informal portrait - Credit: Elliott & Fry studio
 William Ewart Gladstone (29 December 1809 – 19 May 1898) was a British Liberal Party statesman and four times Prime Minister of the United Kingdom . He was also Chancellor of the Exchequer and a champion of the Home Rule Bill which would have established self-government in Ireland. Gladstone is also famous for his intense rivalry with the Conservative Party Leader Benjamin Disraeli. The rivalry was not only political, but also personal. Gladstone was famously at odds with Queen Victoria for much of his career. Winston Churchill and others cited Gladstone as their inspiration.