Charles Wood, 2nd Earl of Halifax
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.
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.
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.
- "Charles Ingram Courtenay Wood, 2nd Earl of Halifax". thePeerage.com. Darryl Lundy. 27 November 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-09.
- "Oxford University Polo Club". Retrieved 14 August 2013.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Earl of Halifax
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for the City of York
The Lord Deramore
|Lord Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire
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|Earl of Halifax