Glenelg broke with the Tories over Reform and joined the Whigs. He was President of the Board of Control under Earl Grey and Lord Melbourne from November 1830 to November 1834. At the board of control Grant was primarily responsible for the act of 1833, which altered the constitution of the government of India. In April 1835 he became Secretary of State for War and the Colonies, and was created Baron Glenelg. His term of office was a stormy one. His differences with Sir Benjamin D'Urban (qv.), governor of Cape Colony, were serious; but more so were those with King William IV, and others over the administration of Canada. He was still secretary when the Canadian rebellion broke out in 1837; his wavering and feeble policy was fiercely attacked in parliament; he became involved in disputes with the Earl of Durham, and the movement for his supercession found supporters even among his colleagues in the cabinet. In February 1839 he resigned. He has been called the last of the Canningites. His brother, Sir Robert Grant, was also an MP and later governor of Bombay.
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