H. H. Asquith

British Prime Minister H. H. Asquith

Full Name: Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith
Profession: British Prime Minister

United Kingdom

Biography: British Prime Minister from 1908 to 1916 and the last to lead the Liberal party in government without a coalition.

In government Asquith succeeded in reducing the power of the House of Lords and advancing the Liberal agenda via the People's Budget.

Asquith took Great Britain into World War I and successfully united the country behind the war effort. He early decisions on national mobilization, the dispatch of the British Expeditionary Force, the creation of a mass army and industrial strategy all helped contribute to Britain's ultimate success.

He resigned amid political conflict in December 1916 and was succeeded by David Lloyd George.

Born: September 12, 1852
Birthplace: Morley, England, United Kingdom
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: February 15, 1928 (aged 75)

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