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Bessborough, Vere Brabazon Ponsonby, Earl of

Born: 1880 AD
Died: 1956 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Administrators

1880 – Born on the 27th of October in London, England. English administrator in Canada.

1903 – After completing his education at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge, Lord Bessborough began his career in law.

1907-1910 – He held a seat in the London County Council.

1910 – Elected to the British House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Cheltenham.

1912 – Married to Roberte de Neuflize, the only daughter of Baron Jean de Neuflize of Paris, France on 25th of June.

1913-1920 – Held a seat at the House of Commons as a Member of Parliament for the Conservative Party.

         – Succeeded to the Earldom in the Irish peerage as 9th Earl of Bessborough and entered the House of Lords.

1931 – Served as Governor General of Canada.

         – Bessborough was the first to fly this new Vice-Regal standard designed specifically for Canada, showing a heraldic lion with the word Canada underneath.

1932 – He inaugurated the first trans-Canadian phone system, speaking from his study at Rideau Hall to each of the Lieutenant Governors, and had a direct telephone link established between his office and that of Prime Minister R.B. Bennett.

         – He opened the Imperial Economic Conference in the House of Commons — Ottawa’s first great international gathering.

1937 – He was created 1st Earl of Bessborough in the United Kingdom for his services in Canada on June 2nd.

1956 – Lord Bessborough and his wife made a last visit to Canada and stayed with Vincent Massey at Rideau Hall.

1957 – He died on 10th of March in Stansted.