Prime Minister Arthur Neville Chamberlain

Prime Minister Arthur Neville Chamberlain

Male 1869 - 1940  (71 years)    Has more than 250 ancestors and 8 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Arthur Neville Chamberlain 
    Prefix Prime Minister 
    Relationshipwith Adam
    Born 18 Mar 1869 
    Gender Male 
    Died 9 Nov 1940 
    Person ID I132785  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 27 Oct 2016 

    Father Joseph Chamberlain,   b. 8 Jul 1836,   d. 2 Jul 1914  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Florence Kenrick,   b. 19 Aug 1847,   d. 14 Feb 1875  (Age 27 years) 
    Married 1868 
    Siblings 4 siblings 
    Family ID F53920  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    +1. Dorothy Ethel Chamberlain,   b. 25 Dec 1911, Edgbaston Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1992  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2000 
    Family ID F53898  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    • Prime Minister 1937-1940.

      After being educated at Rugby School he spent seven years managing his father's plantation in the Bahamas.
      Chamberlain arrived back in England in 1897 where he went into the copper-brass business. He was active in local politics and in 1915 was elected Lord Mayor of Birmingham.
      In the 1918 General Election Chamberlain was elected as the Conservative MP for Ladywood. Promotion was rapid and in 1923 Stanley Baldwin appointed him as Postmaster-General (1923-24) and Minister of Health (1924-29). He also served as Chancellor of the Exchequer in the National Government headed by Ramsay MacDonald (1931-37). He was an efficient administrator abolishing the Poor Law and reorganizing unemployment assistance.
      Chamberlain became Prime Minister when Stanley Baldwin resigned in 1937. The following year he travelled to Germany to meet Hitler in an attempt to avoid war between the two countries. The result of Chamberlain's appeasement policy was the signing of the Munich Agreement. However, after the invasion of Poland, Neville Chamberlain was forced to declare war on Germany.
      Considered an uninspiring war leader, members of the Labour Party and Liberal Party refused to serve in his proposed National Government. Chamberlain resigned and was replaced by Winston Churchill. He was appointed as Lord President of the Council in Churchill's government but ill health forced him to leave office in October 1940, and he died soon afterwards.

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