Prime Minister Herbert Henry Asquith

Prime Minister Herbert Henry Asquith

Male 1852 - 1928  (75 years)    Has 12 ancestors and 29 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Herbert Henry Asquith 
    Prefix Prime Minister 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born 12 Sep 1852  Croft House, Morley, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 15 Feb 1928  The Wharf, Sutton Courtney, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Sutton Courtenay Parish Churchyard Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I413338  Geneagraphie
    Links To This person is also H. H. Asquith at Wikipedia 
    Last Modified 10 Sep 2006 

    Father Joseph Dixon Asquith,   b. 10 Feb 1825, Morley, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jun 1860, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years) 
    Mother Emily Willans,   b. 4 May 1828, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1888, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Married 18 Sep 1850  Cramsden Street Chapel, Huddersfield, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings 4 siblings 
    Family ID F164607  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Helen Kelsall Melland,   b. 30 Oct 1854, Deeplish Hill, Castleton, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1891, Lamlash, Isle of Man Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years) 
    Married 23 Aug 1877  Didsbury Parish Church, Manchester, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Raymond Asquith,   b. 6 Nov 1878,   d. 15 Sep 1916  (Age 37 years)
     2. Herbert Asquith, Lord,   b. 11 Mar 1881,   d. 5 Aug 1947  (Age 66 years)
     3. Brig. Gen. Arthur Melland Asquith,   b. 24 Apr 1883, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Aug 1939, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
     4. Baroness Violet "Helen" Asquith,   b. 15 Apr 1887, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1969, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     5. Cyril Asquith,   b. 5 Feb 1890, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Aug 1954, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2003 
    Family ID F164611  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Emma Margaret Tennant,   b. 2 Feb 1864, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1945, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 10 May 1894  St. George's, Hanover Square, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Princess Elizabeth Charlotte Lucy Asquith,   b. 26 Feb 1897, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1945, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
     2. NN Asquith,   b. 1899,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Anthony Asquith,   b. 9 Nov 1902, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1968, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     4. NN Asquith,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2003 
    Family ID F164612  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • Prime Minister Of England (1908-1916); Barrister
      Balliol College (1870-74), Oxford (1875-76)

      A graduate of Balliol College, Oxford, Asquith became a member of Parliament in 1886. He served in Campbell-Bannerman's government (1906) as home secretary and chancellor of the Exchequer. He also served in his cabinet and succeeded him as prime minister in 1908.
      Asquiths ministry was turbulent to say the least. When the Lords rejected the Liberals budget in 1909 it led to open conflict between the two houses of parliament that resulted in the Parliament Act of 1911 shifting the balance of legislative power from the Lords to the Commons, preventing the Lords from rejecting public legislation. That bill was passed by the Lords due to threats by the Liberals to pack the Lords with Liberal peers to carry the legislation. He also was confronted industrial problems, challenges from suffragettes and the potential for the smouldering question of Irish home rule to ignite civil war. Notable legislative achievements included passage of the National Insurance Act (1911) which provided insurance covering unemployment and illness.
      Asquith lead a coalition government following the outbreak of World War I, but was ousted by Lloyd George, another Liberal, who had secured the backing of Conservatives to win election in December, 1916. The Lloyd George election caused a split in the Liberal Party, which has to be considered one of the reasons for its decline during the period between World War I and World War II. Asquith remained party leader unntil 1926.
      In 1925 Asquith was granted the title of Earl of Oxford and elevated to the House of Lords.


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