Full Name: Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith
Profession: British Prime Minister
Why Famous: 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.
- 1906-01-12 Henry Campbell-Bannerman's cabinet (which included H. H. Asquith, David Lloyd George, and Winston Churchill) embarks on sweeping social reforms after a Liberal landslide in the British general election
- 1908-04-08 H. H. Asquith succeeds Henry Campbell-Bannerman as British Prime Minister
- 1911-08-23 British Prime Minister H. H. Asquith holds secret meeting about British strategy in case of war with Germany
- 1915-05-17 Last liberal British government of H. H. Asquith falls
- 1915-05-26 H. H. Asquith forms a coalition government in the United Kingdom
- 1916-12-07 David Lloyd George replaces resigning H. H. Asquith as British Prime Minister