George Henry Hall, 1st Viscount Hall

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The Right Honourable
The Viscount Hall
PC
Secretary of State for the Colonies
In office
3 August 1945 – 4 October 1946
Monarch George VI
Prime Minister Clement Attlee
Preceded by Hon. Oliver Stanley
Succeeded by Arthur Creech Jones
First Lord of the Admiralty
In office
4 October 1946 – 24 May 1951
Monarch George VI
Prime Minister Clement Attlee
Preceded by A. V. Alexander
Succeeded by The Lord Pakenham
Personal details
Born 31 December 1881 (1881-12-31)
Penrhiwceiber, Glamorganshire
Died 8 November 1965 (1965-11-09)
Leicester, Leicestershire
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater None

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

Background[edit]

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 career[edit]

Hall was Member of Parliament (MP) for Aberdare from 1922 to 1946 and served under Ramsay MacDonald as a Civil Lord of the Admiralty from 1929 to 1931, 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 1945-1946. 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 24 1951 and as Deputy Leader of the House of Lords from 1947 to 1951.

Personal life[edit]

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

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Stanton
Member of Parliament for Aberdare
19221946
Succeeded by
David Thomas
Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl Stanhope
Civil Lord of the Admiralty
1929–1931
Succeeded by
Euan Wallace
Preceded by
The Marquess of Dufferin and Ava
Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies
1940 – 1942
Succeeded by
Harold Macmillan
Preceded by
Richard Law
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
1943 – 1945
Succeeded by
Lord Dunglass
The Lord Lovat
Preceded by
Hon. Oliver Stanley
Secretary of State for the Colonies
1945 – 1946
Succeeded by
Arthur Creech Jones
Preceded by
A. V. Alexander
First Lord of the Admiralty
1946 – 1951
Succeeded by
The Lord Pakenham
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
(new creation)
Viscount Hall
1946 – 1965
Succeeded by
William Hall