Harcourt, Lewis, First Viscount Harcourt (1863-1922)

Lewis Harcourt was the British Colonial Secretary from 1910 to 1915, responsible for crown colonies and relations with the Dominions, but not India. He was a Liberal and an opponent of the strident imperialists of his own party. He was first elected to parliament in 1904 and had been in the cabinet from 1905. In the Colonial Office he enjoyed a comparatively trouble-free period, directing his attention to economic projects and medical research in Britain’s African colonies. It was through Harcourt that the Viceroy let Borden’s government know that they should be careful about the use of force against the passengers of the Komagata Maru because it would have repercussions in the Punjab.

Source: (British) Dictionary of National Biography [Fourth Supplement, 1922-1930].