1852 – Born on the 12th of September in Morley, West Yorkshire, England.
1863 – He was sent to live with an uncle in London, where he entered the City of London School.
1870 – He won a classical scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford.
1874 – He was awarded the Craven scholarship and became president of the Oxford Union.
1876 – He was called to the bar.
1877 – He married Helen Kelsall Melland, daughter of a Manchester doctor.
1886 – Elected to Parliament, as the Liberal representative for East Fife, in Scotland.
1892-1895 – Served as Home Secretary.
1892 – He achieved his first significant post when he became Home Secretary under Gladstone (and later under Rosebery).
1905-1908 – His term as Prime Minister he served as Chancellor of the Exchequer.
1908-1916 – Served as the Liberal Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
1920 – He returned to the House of Commons.
1925 – He proposed to take the title "Earl of Oxford" for the city near which he lived and the university he had attended.
– He was made a Freeman of Huddersfield.
1928 – Died on the 15th of February in Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire, England, aged 75.