Carnarvon, Henry Howard Molyneux Herbert, 4th Earl of
Henry Howard Molyneux Herbert Carnarvon, 4th Earl of, politician (b at London, Eng 24 June 1831; d there 28 June 1890). As secretary of state for the colonies 1866-67, Carnarvon supervised the drafting of the BRITISH NORTH AMERICA ACT and steered it through the British Parliament. A Conservative and imperialist, Carnarvon believed that Canadian CONFEDERATION would strengthen the political integrity of the empire. As chairman of the Royal Commission on the Defence of British Possessions and Commerce Abroad 1879-82, he was instrumental in the reform of Britain's defence policy and urged that Canada increase its role in imperial defence.