Alec Douglas-Home

British Prime Minister Alec Douglas-Home

Profession: British Prime Minister


Why Famous: Alec Douglas-Home became Prime Minister unexpectedly in 1963 when Harold Macmillan resigned in the wake of the Profumo affair.

To do this Douglas-Home, then sitting in the House of Lords, had to reject his peerage and win a by-election in order to enter the House of Commons.

However Douglas-Home was only leader for 363 days, losing the General election to Harold Wilson's Labour Party in 1964. He later served as Foreign Secretary under Edward Heath's government 1970-74.

His major achievement as Prime Minister was the abolition of resale price maintenance.

Born: July 2, 1903
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: October 9, 1995 (aged 92)

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