Bessborough, Vere Brabazon Ponsonby, Earl of

Born: Oct 27, 1880 AD
Died: 1956 AD, at 75 years of age.

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.

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