Cecil Harmsworth, 1st Baron Harmsworth
|The Right Honourable
The Lord Harmsworth
|Under-Secretary of State
for the Home Department
4 February 1915 – 25 May 1915
|Prime Minister||H. H. Asquith|
|Preceded by||Ellis Ellis-Griffith|
|Succeeded by||William Brace|
|Under-Secretary of State
for Foreign Affairs
10 January 1919 – 19 October 1922
|Prime Minister||David Lloyd George|
|Preceded by||Lord Robert Cecil|
|Succeeded by||Ronald McNeill|
|Born||23 September 1869
St John's Wood, London
|Died||13 August 1948 (aged 78)|
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Dublin|
Cecil Bisshopp Harmsworth, 1st Baron Harmsworth (23 September 1869 – 13 August 1948), was a British businessman and Liberal politician. He served as Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department in 1915 and as Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs between 1919 and 1922.
Harmsworth was born at Alexandra Terrace, St John's Wood, London, the third son of Alfred Harmsworth and Geraldine Mary, daughter of William Maffett. He was the younger brother of newspaper proprietors Alfred Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Northcliffe, and Harold Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere, and the elder brother of Sir Leicester Harmsworth, 1st Baronet, and Sir Hildebrand Harmsworth, 1st Baronet. He also had four other younger brothers and four sisters. He was educated at St Marylebone Grammar School and Trinity College, Dublin.
Harmsworth was the liberal candidate in the 1901 by-election for the North East Lanarkshire constituency, but lost to the liberal unionist candidate. He was elected to the House of Commons for Droitwich in 1906, a seat he held until he was defeated at the January 1910 general election. He re-entered the House of Commons as the representative for Luton in a 1911 by-election, and continued to sit for the constituency until 1922. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Walter Runciman between 1911 and 1915 and then briefly held office under H. H. Asquith as Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department between February and May 1915. However, he did not serve in the coalition government formed by Asquith in May 1916.
After David Lloyd George became Prime Minister in December 1916, Harmsworth was a member of the Prime Minister's Secretariat between 1917 and 1919 and Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs between 1919 and 1922 in Lloyd George's coalition government. He also served briefly as Acting Minister of Blockade in 1919. In 1939 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Harmsworth, of Egham in the County of Surrey. He became a regular contributor in the House of Lords, making his last speech in June 1945.
Apart from his political career Harmsworth was a director of Amalgamated Press and chairman of Associated Newspapers, founded by his brother Lord Northcliffe. He published Pleasure and Problem in South Africa (1908), Immortals at First Hand (1933) and A Little Fishing Book (1942).
Lord Harmsworth married his cousin Emilie Alberta, daughter of William Hamilton Maffett, in 1897. His wife was born in 1873 and died in 1942. Lord Harmsworth survived her by six years and died in August 1948, aged 78. He was succeeded in the barony by his second but eldest surviving son, Cecil.
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- "Election intelligence" The Times (London). Friday, 27 September 1901. (36571),
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- The London Gazette: . 25 July 1911.
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- The London Gazette: . 7 February 1939.
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- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Cecil Harmsworth
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Richard Biddulph Martin
|Member of Parliament for Droitwich
1906 – Jan. 1910
Thomas Gair Ashton
|Member of Parliament for Luton
1911 – 1922
Sir John Prescott Hewett
|Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department
Lord Robert Cecil
|Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
1919 – 1922
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
|New creation||Baron Harmsworth
1939 – 1948
Cecil Desmond Bernard Harmsworth