What is the surname of David Lloyd George?

May 22, 2017 | Author: | Posted in History

Lloyd George, not simply George, is the surname of the British statesman who was Prime Minister during the First World War. David Lloyd George was born in Manchester in 1853 of Welsh parents. His mother was a daughter of David Lloyd, and his father was William George, who died when his son David was a baby.

After the death of William George, his widow and their two sons were supported largely by David Lloyd, a brother of Mrs. George and young David’s uncle, who was a shoemaker and preacher at Llanystumdwy. From his uncle David George not only learned his first lessons in practical politics but also obtained the means of starting his career as a solicitor at the age of fourteen.

As a tribute to David Lloyd the boy adopted Lloyd as a part of his surname (not as a middle name), which accounts for the fact that it is composed of two different family names. The name is sometimes written Lloyd-George, but the proper form is Lloyd George, without the hyphen.

Lloyd George was a member of the House of Commons from 1890 to 1945—a period of fifty-four years of continuous service. Owing to confusion David Lloyd George was often erroneously referred to as “Lord George” from the time he became Prime Minister in 1916, but he was not named an earl by the King until January 1, 1945, when he was nearly eighty-two years old and when he had announced his intention of retiring from Parliament. He then became “Earl Lloyd George of Dwyfor” or “Lord Lloyd George,” but not “Lord George.”

By accepting an earldom the “Welsh Wizard,” who through seniority had become the “Father of the Commons,” was automatically transferred from the House of Commons to the House of Lords. He died a few months later.

 

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