Andrew Bonar Law


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, 1858–1923, British statesman, b. Canada. He went to Scotland as a boy and in 1900, after a business career, was elected to Parliament as a Conservative. He soon became known as a spokesman for tariff reform.
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Law, Andrew Bonar

(bŏn`ər), 1858–1923, British statesman, b. Canada. He went to Scotland as a boy and in 1900, after a business career, was elected to Parliament as a Conservative. He soon became known as a spokesman for tariff reform. In 1911 he succeeded Arthur Balfour as leader of the Conservative party. Working closely with Sir Edward CarsonCarson, Edward Henry Carson, Baron,
1854–1935, Irish politician. After a successful legal career in Dublin, he was elected to the British Parliament (1892) and called to the English bar (1893).
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, he led the fierce opposition to Irish Home RuleHome Rule,
in Irish and English history, political slogan adopted by Irish nationalists in the 19th cent. to describe their objective of self-government for Ireland. Origins of the Home Rule Movement
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 that carried Ireland to the brink of civil war. During World War I he was colonial secretary (1915–16) in Herbert Asquith's coalition cabinet and then (1916) became chancellor of the exchequer and leader of the House of Commons under David Lloyd GeorgeLloyd George, David, 1st Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor
, 1863–1945, British statesman, of Welsh extraction.
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. He resigned party leadership in 1921, but in 1922 he returned to politics to lead the Conservative revolt against the continuation of the wartime coalition. He became (Oct., 1922) prime minister but had to resign the following May because of ill health.

Bibliography

See biography by R. Blake (2 vol., 1955–56).

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As its leader, Andrew Bonar Law astutely attempted to shift the focus from bitter internal divisions over tariff reform and social policy to comradely unanimity in the struggle against Home Rule.
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To avoid divisive deadlock, Chamberlain proposed they both stand down in favour of the littleknown compromise candidate, Andrew Bonar Law.
Bootle has one particular 'big name' in its political hall of fame: in 1911, Andrew Bonar Law became the Conservative MP for the seat, before going on to claim the record as the shortest serving Prime Minister, at only 211 days, between 1922 and 1923.
GEORGE V was on the throne and Andrew Bonar Law was Prime Minister having succeeded Welshman David Lloyd George.
Between 1868 and 1935 there were eleven premiers of whom six were Scots by birth or ancestry: William Ewart Gladstone (1809-98), Archibald, 5th Earl of Rosebery (1847-1929), Arthur Balfour (1848-1930), Henry Campbell-Bannerman (1836-1908), Andrew Bonar Law (1858-1923) and Ramsay MacDonald (1866-1937).
Most twentieth-century Conservative leaders from Lord Salisbury to John Major have had their lives thoroughly examined with the notable exception of Andrew Bonar Law.
Nyana Goradia begins her study of Lord Curzon with a prologue that retells the story of Curzon's being passed over for the premiership in favor of Andrew Bonar Law in 1923.