Geoffrey Acland

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Arthur Geoffrey Dyke Acland (17 May 1908 – 14 September 1964), known as Geoffrey Acland, was a British Liberal Party politician.

Born near Hanover Square in London[1] to Liberal Party MP Francis Dyke Acland and Eleanor Margaret Cropper, Geoffrey was the younger brother of Richard Acland, who later became a Common Wealth Party and Labour Party MP. He studied at Rugby School, Trinity College, Cambridge, and the University of Grenoble.[2] During the Second World War, he served with the Border Regiment, rising to become a Captain.[3]

After the war, Acland became joint managing director of some paper mills,[2] and he stood unsuccessfully for the Liberal Party in Westmorland at each election from 1945 to 1959. From 1954 to 1956, he was the Chairman of the Liberal Party.[4] Acland married Winifred Julian Dorothy Fothergill in 1932, and they were the parents of six children.


  1. ^ Officers of the British Army 1939-1945
  2. ^ a b The Times House of Commons (1951), p.166
  3. ^ Person Page - 3119,
  4. ^ The Times House of Commons (1959), p.171
Party political offices
Preceded by
Philip Fothergill
Chairman of the Liberal Party
Succeeded by
Deryck Abel