Salon David Lloyd George David Lloyd George, although born in Manchester on January 17, 1863, grew up in Caernarvonshire under the care of his uncle, who was a cobbler. He excelled in his studies which included learning Latin and French in order to qualify for legal training. Instead of becoming a lawyer he decided to venture into the world of politics and he became a liberal, he decision to do so was greatly influenced by the fact that his uncle was a liberal. In 1890, he was elected as a Member of Parliament or the Caernarvon boroughs in 1890, he was the youngest Member of Parliament, and he served for 55 years.
Lloyd George was made President of the Board of Trade in 1905, and after being successful in both legislation and trade relations, he was promoted to Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1908. As chancellor he put in place a range of social benefits such as old age pensions, unemployment benefits and sickness benefits. Reforms such as the Old Age Pensions Act of 1908 and the National Health Insurance Act of 1911 did uch to aid the poorest in society and, therefore, the most vulnerable.
In 1909, Lloyd George’s ‘People’s Budget’ planned to introduce more and higher taxes on the rich which would help pay for more reforms that would be used to benefit the poor. The budget was rejected by the House of Lords after being passed by the House of Commons. This led directly to the Parliament Act of 1911 by which the Lords lost their power of veto. Lloyd George remained chancellor until 1915. He was soon appointed Minister of Munitions to deal with the crisis that was affecting he British on the Western Front, lack of ammunition, shells, and overall materials.
His government during the war has been largely praised for its ingenuity in domestic schemes and policies, which were largely replicated in World War Two. In December 1916, Herbert Asquith was replaced as Prime Minister of Britain by Lloyd George, because of his lack of energy during the war. Lloyd George was respected for energy he brought toward the political side of the war. Lloyd George is well-known for being one of the Big Four that were involved in the Treaty of Versailles.
He was not as extreme as his colleagues at Versailles, as he did not want to ruin the German state and people. While at Versailles it was Lloyd George who tried to play the middle role between the total retribution of George Clemenceau and the seemingly mild approach of America’s Woodrow Wilson. In 1921, Lloyd George secured the settlement that established the Irish Free State. Lloyd George was forced to resign as Prime Minister in 1922 after multiple scandals and opposition from his own party began to grow. In 1944 he was made Earl Lloyd
George of Dwyfor. He dies on March 26, 1945 in Ty Newydd, Llanystumdwy, Wales. MLA Style Citations 1. “David Lloyd George (1863-1945). ” BBC News. BSC, n. d. web. 26 NOV. 2013. 2. “David Lloyd George-Liberal 1916 to 1922. ” History of David Lloyd George- GOV. UK. Three Questions for the Group 1 . Are you a supporter of women’s suffrage? Why or why not? 2. Do you believe that imperialism is necessary for a strong European nation in order to maintain lasting power? 3. Are increased worker’s rights necessary for industries in Europe to grow? Oyo George
Bellevea In It is obvious that women’s rights were important to Lloyd George, as he made multiple reforms that benefited working class women, such as the Employment of Women, Young Persons, and Children Act of 1920. Also, in the first election that women were allowed to vote in, the coalition which included Lloyd George won a huge majority, showing that he was supported by the women of Britain. David Lloyd George believed that war was sometimes a necessary thing, but he didn’t ever advocate unjust war. During the formation of the Treaty of Versailles,
George didn’t want to make the punishments on Germany too hard because he wanted to prevent another war and he wanted to prevent from Germany being overrun by Russia. When war did strike though, George was always ready to support his troops and to help them politically as best he could. Early in his career, Lloyd George was a strong anti-imperialist. He bitterly opposed the South African War. His view changed though as he became the President of the Board of Trade, because imperialism was necessary in order to set up trade destinations on different continents.
He still opposed violent imperialism though. He strongly advocated worker’s rights which is evident in the many reforms he made to improve their rights and the rights of all the people, which include: the Employment of Women, Young Persons, and Children Act of 1920, the Education Act of 1918, and the Merchant Shipping Act, which improved the seamen’s living conditions. It doesn’t seem that Lloyd George cared about race, but since believed in equal rights for all, he must have supported all races. He did free the Celtics in Ireland which were a people of varying race and religion.