Charles Ingram Courtenay Wood, 2nd Earl of Halifax (1912 - 1980) MP

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About Charles Ingram Courtenay Wood, 2nd Earl of Halifax

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Charles Ingram Courtenay Wood, 2nd Earl of Halifax (3 October 1912 – 19 March 1980), styled Lord Irwin between 1944 and 1959, was a British politician and peer.

Background

Wood was the son of E. F. L. Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax, statesman and Foreign Secretary.

Education

He was educated at Eton College, Windsor and graduated from Christ Church, Oxford University, with a BA in 1934. He successfully captained the Oxford University Polo Team in 1934. He gained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in 1934 in the service of the Royal Horse Guards.

Political career

Wood also entered politics, becoming Member of Parliament (MP) for the City of York in 1937, as a Conservative. In 1939, at the outbreak of World War II, Wood rejoined the Royal Horse Guards and served for three years in the Middle East. He continued as a Member of Parliament during this time. At the 1945 general election, he lost his seat to the Labour candidate, Dr John Corlett.

Family

In 1936, he married Ruth, daughter of the Liberal politician Neil Primrose, and the granddaughter of Prime Minister Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery. Wood succeeded his father as 2nd Earl of Halifax in 1959. In 1978, his horse Shirley Heights won the Epsom Derby.

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Charles Wood, 2nd Earl of Halifax's Timeline

1912
October 3, 1912
1936
April 25, 1936
Age 23
1937
September 10, 1937
Age 24
1938
September 22, 1938
Age 25
1944
March 14, 1944
Age 31
1980
March 19, 1980
Age 67