Leopold Amery

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Leopold Amery

Leopold Amery (1873-1955) was a British politician.[1]

Amery was born on 22 November 1873 in India. He was educated at Harrow School, and Balliol College, Oxford. He was elected Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford in 1897.[1]

Amery served as Private Secretary to L. H. Courtney, MP in 1896-1897. He was on the editorial staff of the Times from 1899-1909, during which time he organised the newspaper's war correspondence and coverage of the Boer War. He became a Barrister in 1902 and contested Wolverhampton (East) as Unionist and Tariff Reformer (1906, 1908, and January 1910) then Bow and Bromley (1910). From 1911-45, he was Unionist MP for the Sparkbrook (formerly South) Division of Birmingham.[1]

During the First World War, Amery saw active service in Flanders and the Near East (1914-1916) then held the position of Assistant Secretary War Cabinet and Imperial War Cabinet (1917); he was on the staff of the War Council for the negotiations at Versailles, and served on the personal staff of Lord Milner, the Secretary of State for War, (1917-1918).[1]

Subsequently Amery became Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Colonies (1919-21); Parliamentary and Financial Secretary to the Admiralty (1921-22); First Lord of the Admiralty (October 1922-February 1924); Secretary of State for the Colonies (November 1924-June 1929); Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs (July 1925-June 1929); then after a period in the wilderness, Secretary of State for India and for Burma under Churchill (1940-45).[1]

He was made an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford in 1946. He died on 16 September 1955.[1]




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 The Papers of Leopold Amery, University of Cambridge, 3 November 2012.