Charles James Fox (Biographical details)

Charles James Fox (politician/statesman; British; Male; 1749 - 1806)

Also known as

Fox, Charles James

Biography

Radical Whig politician; his opposition to the power of the monarchy meant that he was out of favour with George III, and consequently allied to the Prince of Wales (the future George IV). Held office only briefly, (1) as foreign secretary in Rockingham's short-lived government of 1782, and (2) as secretary of state in the Duke of Portland's government of 1783-84. Supported the French Revolution in 1789, but by 1804 was instrumental in bringing down the government of Addington who had failed either to preserve the peace or to prepare for Napoleon's threat of invasion.