Daniel Levy (politician)

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Sir Daniel Levy (30 November 1872 – 30 May 1937) was an Australian politician.

He was born in London to tailor Joseph Levy and Esther, née Cohen. He arrived in Sydney in 1880 and attended Crown Street Superior School, Sydney Grammar School and the University of Sydney, graduating with a first in Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 1893 and a Bachelor of Law in 1895, in which year he was called to the Bar. In 1902 he was admitted as a solicitor. He entered the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1901 as the Liberal member for Sydney-Fitzroy, transferring to Darlinghurst in 1904 (he would represent Sydney for the period of proportional representation from 1920 to 1927, Paddington from 1927 to 1930, and Woollahra thereafter).[1]

In 1919, Levy, despite being a Nationalist, accepted the position of Speaker of the Legislative Assembly from James Dooley's Labor government, provoking discontent within his own party. He resigned with the fall of the government in 1920, was re-appointed by George Fuller for his seven hours as premier, and continued the position when Dooley resumed the premiership later the same day. Becoming known as a scrupulously independent Speaker, Levy advocated the British model of Speakership in which the Speaker's seat was uncontested, and made efforts to have this practice adopted by statute. He was Speaker until 1925, served again from 1927 to 1930, and served briefly in Bertram Stevens' 1932 emergency cabinet as Minister for Justice and Attorney-General. Resuming the Speakership in 1932, he held the position until his death in 1937 at Darling Point.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sir Daniel Levy (1872–1937)". Former Members. Parliament of New South Wales. 2008. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Henry Chapman
Member for Sydney-Fitzroy
1901–1904
Succeeded by
Seat abolished
Preceded by
New seat
Member for Darlinghurst
1904–1920
Succeeded by
Seat abolished
Preceded by
John Cohen
Speaker of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
1919–1921
Succeeded by
Simon Hickey
Preceded by
New seat
Member for Sydney
1920–1927
Served alongside: Birt/Minahan, Buckley/Jackson, Burke/Greg McGirr/Burke, Minahan/Holdsworth
Succeeded by
Seat abolished
Preceded by
Simon Hickey
Speaker of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
1921–1925
Succeeded by
James Dooley
Preceded by
New seat
Member for Paddington
1927–1930
Succeeded by
Maurice O'Sullivan
Preceded by
James Dooley
Speaker of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
1927–1930
Succeeded by
Frank Burke
Preceded by
Maurice O'Sullivan
Member for Woollahra
1930–1937
Succeeded by
Harold Mason
Preceded by
Frank Burke
Speaker of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
1932–1937
Succeeded by
Reginald Weaver