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English Neville CHAMBERLAIN

born Arthur Neville CHAMBERLAIN

British Conservative politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from May 1937 to May 1940

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on March 18, 1869 in Birmingham, England
Died: on November 09, 1940 in Highfield Park, Heckfield, Hampshire, England


Chamberlain was born in a house called Southbourne in the Edgbaston district of Birmingham, England. He was the only son of the second marriage of Joseph Chamberlain, who later became Mayor of Birmingham and a Cabinet minister. Joseph Chamberlain had had another son, Austen Chamberlain, by his first marriage. Neville Chamberlain was educated at Rugby School. Joseph Chamberlain then sent Neville to Mason Science College in central Birmingham. Neville Chamberlain had little interest in his studies there, and in 1889, his father apprenticed him to a firm of accountants. Within six months, he became a salaried employee.

In an effort to recoup diminished family fortunes, Joseph Chamberlain sent his younger son to establish a sisal plantation on Andros Island in the Bahamas. Neville Chamberlain spent six years there, but the plantation was a failure, and Joseph Chamberlain lost £50,000.[a]

On his return to England, Neville Chamberlain entered business, purchasing (with assistance from his family) Hoskins & Company, a manufacturer of metal ship berths. Chamberlain served as managing director of Hoskins for 17 years, during which time the company prospered. He also involved himself in civic activities in Birmingham. In 1910, he fell in love with Anne Cole, a distant relative by marriage, and the following year married her. The two had a son and a daughter.

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