“The Honourable Charles James Fox P.C. (24th January 1749 – 13th September 1806).
Fox was a Whig statesman whose parliamentary career spanned 38 years of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Born at 9 Conduit Street, London, as the second surviving son of Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland of Foxley, and Lady Caroline Lennox, Baroness Holland of Holland. Fox’s last great achievement would be the abolition of the slave trade in 1807.
Though Fox was to die before abolition was enacted, he oversaw a Foreign Slave Trade Bill in spring 1806 that prohibited British subjects from contributing to the trading of slaves with the colonies of Britain’s wartime enemies, thus eliminating two-thirds of the slave trade passing through British ports.
Fox died still in office, at Chiswick House, London, on 13 September 1806.. An autopsy revealed a hardened liver, thirty-five gallstones and around seven pints of transparent fluid in his abdomen.
Although Fox had wanted to be buried near his home in Chertsey, his funeral took place in Westminster Abbey on 10th October 1806, the anniversary of his initial election for Westminster in 1780.