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George Hall, 1st Viscount Hall

George Henry Hall, 1st Viscount Hall, PC (31 December 1881 – 8 November 1965) was a British Labour politician. He served as Secretary of State for the Colonies between 1945 and 1946 and as First Lord of the Admiralty between 1946 and 1951.


The Viscount Hall

First Lord of the Admiralty
In office
4 October 1946 – 24 May 1951
MonarchGeorge VI
Prime MinisterClement Attlee
Preceded byA. V. Alexander
Succeeded byThe Lord Pakenham
Secretary of State for the Colonies
In office
3 August 1945 – 4 October 1946
Prime MinisterClement Attlee
Preceded byHon. Oliver Stanley
Succeeded byArthur Creech Jones
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
In office
25 September 1943 – 26 May 1945
Prime MinisterWinston Churchill
Preceded byRichard Law
Succeeded byAlec Douglas-Home
Simon Fraser
Financial Secretary to the Admiralty
In office
4 February 1942 – 25 September 1943
Prime MinisterWinston Churchill
Succeeded byJames Thomas
Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies
In office
12 May 1940 – 4 February 1942
Prime MinisterWinston Churchill
Preceded byBasil Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood
Succeeded byHarold Macmillan
Civil Lord of the Admiralty
In office
7 June 1929 – 24 August 1931
Prime MinisterRamsay MacDonald
Preceded byJames Stanhope
Succeeded byEuan Wallace
Member of Parliament
for Aberdare
In office
15 November 1922 – 4 October 1946
Preceded byCharles Stanton
Succeeded byDavid Thomas
Personal details
Born(1881-12-31)31 December 1881
Penrhiwceiber, Glamorganshire
Died8 November 1965(1965-11-08) (aged 83)
Leicester, Leicestershire
NationalityBritish
Political partyLabour
Alma materNone

BackgroundEdit

Born in Penrhiwceiber, Glamorganshire, Hall started work at the Penrikyber colliery at 12 years of age. He continued to work as a collier until appointed checkweigher in 1911, and then to act as checkweigher Local Agent at the South Wales Miners' Federation until elected to Parliament in 1922.

Political careerEdit

Hall was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Aberdare in 1922 when he won the seat for Labour, defeating Charles Stanton who had held the seat since a 1915 by-election. Stanton had been a militant trade unionist before the war and had won the seat as a pro-war candidate.

Hall represented Aberdare from 1922–46 and served under Ramsay MacDonald as Civil Lord of the Admiralty from 1929–31, under Winston Churchill as Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies from 1940 to 1942, as Financial Secretary to the Admiralty from 1942 to 1943 and as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs from 1943 to 1945 and under Clement Attlee as Secretary of State for the Colonies from 1945-46.

He was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1942 and on retirement from the House of Commons in 1946 he was raised to the peerage as Viscount Hall, of Cynon Valley in the County of Glamorgan, He then served as First Lord of the Admiralty under Attlee from 1946 to 1951 and as Deputy Leader of the House of Lords from 1947 to 1951.

Personal lifeEdit

Lord Hall died in Leicester in November 1965, aged 83, and was succeeded by his son, William.

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