He was Lord Brougham and Vaux. Before he gave his name to a special sort of carriage and legions of General Motors vehicles, he came down to London from Scotland to be a member of the House of Commons as a Whig. This gained him entry to Lansdowne House. His renown came from his heroic defense of Queen Caroline of Brunswick, the erstwhile wife of the Regent.
“He was a man of marked abilities, distinguished as a statesman, as an orator, a historian, a lecturer, an essayist, a political economist. As a lawyer, he rose to the top of his profession; as a statesman, he rose to the office of Lord High Chancellor, as an orator, his reputation was among the first of his time, as an essayist, he was one of the brilliant band of writers who made the Edinburgh Review the leading literary authority in the world.”
They left out the part of his dalliance with the Regency’s most celebrated courtesan, Harriette Wilson. Her clients included the Prince of Wales, four Prime Ministers, as well as the Lord High Chancellor.