Arthur James Balfour

[1st Earl of Balfour] (25 July 1848 – 19 March 1930)

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Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour, was a British Conservative politician and statesman. He served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from July 1902 to December 1905, and was later Foreign Secretary in 1916–1919.

Born in Scotland and educated as a philosopher, Balfour first entered parliament in the 1874 general election. At first seen as something of a dilettante, he ... more »

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  • ''His Majesty's Government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.''
    A.J. (Arthur James) Balfour (1848-1930), British statesman. Letter, November 2, 1917. This document, which became known as the "Balfour Declaratio...
  • ''The General Strike has taught the working class more in four days than years of talking could have done.''
    A.J. (Arthur James) Balfour (1848-1930), British Conservative politician, prime minister. Speech, May 7, 1926. Five days later, the Trades Unions ...
  • ''Biography should be written by an acute enemy.''
    A.J. (Arthur James) Balfour (1848-1930), British Conservative politician, prime minister. quoted in Observer (London, Jan. 30, 1927).
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