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Baldwin, Stanley, 1867-1947 (1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley and Prime Minister)



  • Existence: 1867 - 1947


Stanley Baldwin (1867-1947) was born on 3 August 1867 in Lower Park, Bewdley, the son of industrialist Alfred Baldwin. He was educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge, before joining the family iron and steel business. He was elected a Conservative M.P. in 1906, and in December 1916 became Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Andrew Bonar Law. Thereafter, Baldwin served in David Lloyd George's government as Junior Lord of the Treasury, Financial Secretary to the Treasury and President of the Board of Trade. He became Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1922, and Prime Minister in 1923. Baldwin lost the 1929 General Election, but served as President of the Council in the new National Government, before replacing Ramsey MacDonald as Prime Minister in June 1935. He resigned in 1937, and was later made Earl Baldwin of Bewdley. He died on 14 December 1947. Baldwin's son, Oliver Ridsdale Baldwin (1899-1958), was Viscount Corvedale, later 2nd Earl Baldwin, author, journalist and M.P.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:


Letters of Stanley Baldwin to John Parke Boyle and Oliver Ridsdale Baldwin (Viscount Corvedale)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9569
Scope and Contents

The letters listed below from Stanley Baldwin to his elder son Oliver are additional to those acquired by the University Library at auction in 1989 (MS Add.8795). John Boyle (1893-1969) was Oliver Baldwin's companion for thirty-five years from 1923. He had Conservative sympathies and great charm, and was liked by both Oliver's parents.

Dates: 25 Aug. 1923-23 June 1946 (Circa)
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