Smith, Frederick Edwin
1872 - Born on the 12th of July in Birkenhead in Cheshire.
1896 - Graduated from Wadham College, Oxford and became a professor of law.
- Educated at Oxford and a fellow of Merton College.
1899 - F.E. Smith was called to the bar and practiced in Liverpool.
1901 - Married to Margaret Eleanor Furneaux in April and they had three children.
1906 - Entered the House of Commons representing the Walton constituency of Liverpool.
- Became a prominent leader of the Unionist wing of the Conservative Party.
- Having been elected as a Conservative MP for the Walton division of Liverpool, Smith moved to London where he continued to practice as a lawyer.
1915 - Appointed as a Solicitor General by H. H. Asquith.
1916 - Worked to secure the conviction and execution of the Irish nationalist, Sir Roger Casement.
1919 - He was created Baron Birkenhead, of Birkenhead in the County of Cheshire.
- Appointed Lord Chancellor by Lloyd George.
1921-1922 - Created Viscount Birkenhead, of Birkenhead in the County of Chester.
- Became Viscount Furneaux, of Charlton in the County of Northampton, and Earl of Birkenhead.
- He played a major part in the Irish settlement and was created earl.
1924-1928 - Served as Secretary of State for India.
- After retiring from politics, he became Rector of the University of Aberdeen.
- Became the director of Tate & Lyle, and High Steward of Oxford University.
1930 - He died on 30th of September in London.
- His greatest achievement as a lawyer was the preparation of the series of Acts reforming land law.
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