Disraeli, Benjamin

[ (diz-ray-lee) ]

An English political leader of the nineteenth century. He led the Conservative party of Britain (Tories) in the 1860s and 1870s and was prime minister twice. He was a political opponent of William Gladstone. Disraeli strongly supported the extension of British colonies and had Queen Victoria proclaimed empress of India.

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