Lewis /Reginald Vernon Harcourt
Lewis Vernon Harcourt (born Reginald Vernon Harcourt on the 31st of January 1863 and died on 24 February 1922) was a British Liberal Party politician who held the Cabinet post of Secretary of State for the Colonies from 1910 to 1915. His nick name was LOU-LOU.
Port Harcourt, capital of Rivers State in southern Nigeria, is named after him. When the port was established in 1912, there was much controversy about the name it should receive. In August 1913, the Governor-General of Nigeria, Sir Frederick Lugard wrote to Harcourt, then Secretary of State for the Colonies, “in the absence of any convenient local name, I would respectfully ask your permission to call this Port Harcourt”, to which the Secretary of State replied, “It gives me pleasure to accede to your suggestion that my name should be associated with the new Port.”
The British can lie, the landed area had a local name called “IGWEOCHA” before it was changed to “Port-Harcourt” after the name of Mr. Vernon Harcourt.
Mr Vernon Harcourt was known as a sexual predator attracted to both boys and girls. He attempted to rape Dorothy Brett, the daughter of Lord Esher, and followed this by an attempt to seduce his son. Dorothy Brett wrote of him that;
“It is so tiresome that Loulou is such an old roué. He is as bad with boys as with girls … he is simply a sex maniac. It isn’t that he is in love. It is just ungovernable sex desire for both sexes”.
His behaviour was known and tolerated in certain private quarters. After, however, he attempted to seduce a 12-year-old boy (Edward James, who grew up to become a great collector of surrealist and other contemporary art), the boy’s mother began making the matter public.
Harcourt committed suicide by taking an overdose of a sedative at his London home in Brook Street on 24 February 1922, aged 59.
This was a man Nigerians are proud to bear his name. A paedophile!! I THINK NIGERIA SHOULD RETURN HISTORY BACK TO SCHOOLS BUT ONLY FEW KNEW HISTORY WAS REMOVED FOR A REASON