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Beaverbrook, William Maxwell Aitken, Lord

Born: 1879 AD
Died: 1964 AD
Nationality: British
Categories: Businessmen, Politician, Publishers

1892 – At the age of thirteen he published his first newspaper.

1904 – Formed Royal Securities Corporation and he became a minority shareholder and the firm’s general manager.

         – John F. Stairs’ unexpected early death in late September led to Aitken acquiring control of the company.

1906 – On 29th of January in Halifax, he married Gladys Henderson Drury, daughter of Major General Charles Drury.

1910 – Became Unionist Member of Parliament for Ashton Under Lyne, and where he bought and later sold control of the Rolls-Royce automobile company and began to build a London newspaper empire.

1911 – Knighted by King George V. During World War I, the Canadian government put him in charge of creating the Canadian War Records Office in London.

1918 – He founded the Sunday Express.

1934 – Daily circulation reached 1,708,000, generating huge profits.

1940 – Joined the British cabinet as minister of information.

1957 – Bronze statue of Lord Beaverbrook was erected at the centre of Officers’ Square in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

1964 – Died on 9th of June Leatherhead, Surrey, England.