Herbert Dixon, 1st Baron Glentoran

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Herbert Dixon, 1st Baron Glentoran OBE PC (NI) (23 January 1880 – 20 July 1950)[1] was a Northern Ireland Unionist politician.

He was born in Belfast, the fourth son of Sir Daniel Dixon, 1st Baronet, and educated at Harrow and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, before being commissioned into the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, with which regiment he served in the Second Boer War.

After fighting with the British Army in the First World War, Dixon was elected Unionist Member of Parliament for the seat of Belfast Pottinger in 1918, becoming representative for Belfast East four years later. He was also sent to the Northern Ireland House of Commons in 1921 as a member for Belfast East, being appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Finance, and was finally elected member for the seat of Belfast Bloomfield in 1929.

Dixon was appointed OBE in 1919 and admitted to the Privy Council of Northern Ireland in 1923. In 1939 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Glentoran, of Ballyalloly in the County of Down. He served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Finance and Government Chief Whip from 1921–1942 and as Minister of Agriculture in the Parliament of Northern Ireland from 1941 to 1943. In May 1950 he succeeded his elder brother Sir Thomas Dixon as third baronet.

Lord Glentoran married the Hon. Emily Ina Florence Bingham, daughter of Arthur Bingham, 6th Baron Clanmorris, in 1905. He died in July 1950, aged 70, and was succeeded in his titles by his son Daniel. Lady Glentoran died in 1957.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
(new constituency)
Member of Parliament for Belfast Pottinger
1918–1922
Succeeded by
(constituency abolished)
Preceded by
(new constituency)
Member of Parliament for Belfast East
1922–1939
Succeeded by
Henry Peirson Harland
Parliament of Northern Ireland
Preceded by
New constituency
Member of Parliament for Belfast Bloomfield
1929–1950
Succeeded by
Daniel Dixon
Political offices
Preceded by
New office
Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Finance
1921–1942
Succeeded by
Sir Norman Stronge
Preceded by
Basil Brooke
Minister of Agriculture
1941–1943
Succeeded by
Robert Moore
Party political offices
Preceded by
New office
Unionist Chief Whip
1921–1942
Succeeded by
Sir Norman Stronge
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
New Creation
Baron Glentoran Succeeded by
Daniel Dixon
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Dixon
Baronet
(of Ballymenock)
1950
Succeeded by
Daniel Dixon