Hubert Henderson

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H.D. Henderson

Sir Hubert Douglas Henderson (20 October 1890 – 22 February 1952), was a British economist and Liberal Party politician.

Background[edit]

Henderson was born the son of John Henderson of Glasgow. He was educated at Aberdeen Grammar School, Rugby School and Emmanuel College, Cambridge. In 1915, he married Faith Bagenal. They had one son and two daughters. Henderson was knighted in 1942.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Henderson was Secretary of the Cotton Control Board from 1917 to 1919 and was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge and University Lecturer in Economics from 1919 to 1923. He was editor of The Nation and Athenaeum from 1923 to 1930. Henderson was Joint Secretary to the Economic Advisory Council from 1930 to 1934. In 1934, he became a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.

Henderson was Professor of Political Economy at Oxford from 1945 to 1951. He was appointed Warden of All Souls College, Oxford, in 1951, but he did not take up the appointment. He became an Honorary Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford in 1952.[2]

Political career[edit]

In 1912, Henderson served as President of the Cambridge Union. In 1922, he was one of the founders of the Liberal Summer School. He was a major contributor to the report of the Liberal industrial inquiry entitled Britain's Industrial Future, published in 1928, which advocated a large-scale programme of national development. For the 1929 election, Henderson and John Maynard Keynes produced a pamphlet, Can Lloyd George do it?, supporting the Liberal leader's claim to be able to conquer unemployment.[3]

Henderson was Liberal candidate for Cambridge University at the 1929 general election but was not elected. He did not stand for parliament again.[4] He was a member of the West India Royal Commission from 1938–39. Henderson was Economic Adviser to His Majesty's Treasury from 1939–44. He became a member of the Royal Commission on Population in 1944 and served as Chairman in 1946. Henderson was Chairman of the Statutory Committee on Unemployment Insurance from 1945–48.[5]

Electoral record[edit]

General Election 1929: Cambridge University (2 seats)
Party Candidate % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2
Unionist John James Withers 39.76 6,356  
Unionist Godfrey Wilson 31.71 5,069 6,046
Liberal Hubert Henderson 19.38 3,099 3,131
Labour Alexander Wood 9.15 1,463 1,480
Electorate: 23,978   Valid: 15,987   Quota: 5,330   Turnout: 66.67%

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References[edit]

  1. ^ ‘HENDERSON, Sir Hubert Douglas’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2015; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014 ; online edn, April 2014 accessed 26 Sept 2015
  2. ^ ‘HENDERSON, Sir Hubert Douglas’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2015; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014 ; online edn, April 2014 accessed 26 Sept 2015
  3. ^ Susan Howson, ‘Henderson, Sir Hubert Douglas (1890–1952)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2013 accessed 26 Sept 2015
  4. ^ British parliamentary election results 1918-1973, Craig, F.W.S.
  5. ^ ‘HENDERSON, Sir Hubert Douglas’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2015; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014 ; online edn, April 2014 accessed 26 Sept 2015

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