Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax, KG, OM, GCSI, GCIE, PC

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Edward Frederick Lindley Wood

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Birthplace: Powderham Castle, Devon, England, United Kingdom
Death: December 23, 1959 (78)
Garrowby, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom (Heart attack)
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Son of Charles Lindley Wood, 2nd Viscount Halifax and Agnes Elizabeth, Viscountess Halifax
Husband of Dorothy Evelyn Augusta Wood (Onslow), Countess of Halifax
Father of Charles Wood, 2nd Earl of Halifax; Anne Dorothy, Countess of Feversham and Richard Frederick Wood, Baron Holderness
Brother of Charles Reginald Lindley Wood; Private; Francis Hugh Lindley Wood; Mary Agnes Emily Lane-Fox and Henry Paul Lindley Wood

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About Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax, KG, OM, GCSI, GCIE, PC

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Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax, KG, OM, GCSI, GCMG, GCIE, TD, PC (16 April 1881 – 23 December 1959), known as The Lord Irwin from 1925 until 1934 and as The Viscount Halifax from 1934 until 1944, was one of the most senior British Conservative politicians of the 1930s, during which he held several senior ministerial posts, most notably as Foreign Secretary from 1938 to 1940. As such he is often regarded as one of the architects of the policy of appeasement prior to World War II. During the war, he served as British Ambassador in Washington.

On being taken to meet Adolf Hitler at Berchtesgaden, Halifax almost created an incident by nearly handing his coat to him, believing him to be a footman:

"As I looked out of the car window, on eye level, I saw in the middle of this swept path a pair of black trousered legs, finishing up in silk socks and pumps. I assumed this was a footman who had come down to help me out of the car and up the steps and was proceeding in leisurely fashion to get myself out of the car when I heard von Neurath or somebody throwing a hoarse whisper at my ear of Der Führer, der Führer; and it then dawned upon me that the legs were not the legs of a footman, but of Hitler."

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Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax, KG, OM, GCSI, GCIE, PC's Timeline

1881
April 16, 1881
Devon, England, United Kingdom
1910
July 31, 1910
1912
October 3, 1912
1920
October 5, 1920
1959
December 23, 1959
Age 78
Garrowby, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom