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James Chichester-Clark

Prime Minister of Northern Ireland James Chichester-Clark

Profession: Prime Minister of Northern Ireland

Nationality:
United Kingdom
British
Ireland
Irish

Why Famous: Chichester-Clark was from 1969 to 1971 the penultimate Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, a position he held as leader of the Ulster Unionist Party. Prior he had been a Member of Parliament for 12 years, having won an election when his grandmother Dehra Parker stepped down in 1960.

He resigned as Prime Minister in 1971, after a term dominated by strife and internal dispute; then the next year, was no longer a Member of Parliament after the Stormont Parliament was disbanded when the British brought Northern Ireland under direct rule.

Born: February 12, 1923
Birthplace: Moyola Park, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: May 17, 2002 (aged 79)

Historical Events

  • 1969-04-28 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill resigns and is replaced later by James Chichester-Clark.
  • 1969-05-01 James Chichester-Clark is elected as leader of the Unionist party, succeededing Terence O'Neill as the Northern Ireland Prime Minister
  • 1969-05-06 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark announces an amnesty for all offences associated with demonstrations since 5 October 1968, resulting in the release of, among others, Ian Paisley and Ronald Bunting
  • 1970-10-30 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark meets with British Home Secretary Reginald Maulling to discuss matters related to reforms and security
  • 1971-01-18 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark meets British Home Secretary Reginald Maudling
  • 1971-01-25 The 170 delegates of the Ulster Unionist Council (UUC) call for the resignation of Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark
  • 1971-02-25 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark holds a meeting with Catholic Cardinal of Ireland William Conway, the first such meeting between men holding these offices since 1921
  • 1971-03-16 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark meets with British PM Edward Heath to discuss the security situation in Northern Ireland
  • 1971-03-20 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark resigns in protest at what he views as a limited security response by the British government

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