Michael Joseph Savage

New Zealand Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage

Profession: New Zealand Prime Minister

New Zealand
New Zealand

Biography: Savage served as the 23rd Prime Minister of New Zealand, from 1935 until his death in 1940. Widely regarded as one of the country's greatest leaders, Savage started his career in the trade unions before being elected to the House of Representatives in 1919.

His government, elected in 1935, was the first under the Labour Party. Its success was marked by an increased mandate at the 1938 election. He declared war on Germany in 1939 but died shortly thereafter.

Savage is considered the founder of the welfare state.

Born: December 6, 1872
Birthplace: Tatong, Victoria, Australia
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: March 27, 1940 (aged 67)
Cause of Death: Colon cancer

Historical Events

  • 1935-11-29 Michael Joseph Savage becomes the first Labour Prime Minister of New Zealand
  • 1939-09-05 New Zealand Prime Minister, Michael Joseph Savage declares New Zealand's support for Britain in the war with Germany; Savage famously told the nation 'where she goes, we go. Where she stands, we stand'

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