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Furniture History - William IV 1830 - 1837

William IV’s short reign is mainly remembered for the electoral reform crisis and the subsequent passing of the Great Reform Bill in 1832. This reorganised and removed some of the worst excesses of the voting system. By giving an increased role in government to the middle classes, the powers of the monarch were correspondingly reduced. William had maintained a mistress for 20 years, but had no legitimate children by his German wife. As a consequence, he was succeeded by his niece Victoria.