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Beaverbrook, William Maxwell Aitken, Lord (Baron Beaverbrook)

Born: 1879 AD
Died: 1964 AD, at 85 years of age.

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.


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