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BURY, William Coutts Keppel, Viscount, British official, born in 1832. He is a son of the earl of Albemarle, who is one of the few survivors of the battle of Waterloo, was educated at Eton, and entered the Scots fusilier guards in 1849. He afterward went to India as aide-de-camp to Lord F. Fitz-Clarence, and in 1854 was nominated civil secretary and superintendent-general of Indian affairs for the province of Canada. He entered parliament in 1857, and was appointed treasurer of the Royal household on the return of Lord Pahnerston to office in 1859. In 1876 he was summoned to the house of peers in his father's barony of Ash-ford, and was appointed Under-secretary of state for war in succession to Lord Cadogan in March, 1878, and held that office until the Conservatives lost control of the government in 1880. He married a daughter of Sir Alan Napier MacNab, so long prominent in Canada. In 1879 Lord Bury entered the Roman Catholic church, and in 1885 he visited the United States. He is the author of a history of American colonization, entitled "Exodus of the Western Nations" (London, 1865); "A Report on the Condition of the Indians of British North America," and other historical papers.
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