Bracken, Brendan, Viscount

Born: Feb 15, 1901 AD
Died: 1958 AD, at 57 years of age.

Nationality: Irish
Categories: Politician

1901 - Born on the 15th of February in Ireland.

       - He was very pro-British despite the fact that he was born to Joseph Kevin Bracken, a founder of the Gaelic Athletic Association and Hannah Agnes Ryan, and raised as a Catholic in Templemore, County Tipperary, Ireland.

       - He was educated by the Jesuits in Ireland before he was sent to Australia, and later attended the Sedbergh School in Cumbria.

1920 - When Bracken arrived in Britain, he claimed alternately to be either Australian who had lost his parents in a bush fire, or a member of the Anglo-Irish Protestant ascendancy, which was also untrue.

1929 - After Sedbergh, Bracken had a successful career as a publisher and newspaper editor in London before being elected to the House of Commons.

1941-1945 - Bracken served as Minister of Information after a short stint as Churchill's Parliamentary Private Secretary.

1945 - Bracken was briefly made First Lord of the Admiralty but lost the post in the fall of the Churchill government to Clement Atlee's Labour Party.

       - He himself lost his North Paddington seat but returned as MP for Bournemouth in a November by-election.

       - His most famous business achievement was in merging the Financial News into the Financial Times.

1952 - He was elevated to the House of Lords by Churchill, as Viscount Bracken of Christchurch in the County of Southampton.

1958 - He died of oesophagal cancer on the 8th of August, aged only 57, six years after his elevation to the House of Lords.

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