Sydney Buxton (1853-1934) had a long and distinguished career as a Liberal politician. His career included service in Gladstone's last ministry and membership of the Liberal Cabinets of Campbell-Bannerman and Asquith - and hence involvement in the budget of 1909, the introduction of state pensions and unemployment insurance, and the 1911 Parliament Act.
M.P. for Poplar for 28 years (1886-1914), he took a particular interest in problems of industry and employment and also of primary education in London.
He was an Hon. secretary to Mr Tuke's Fund, which dealt with emigration from Ireland to Canada and America.
He served in Asquith's Cabinet as Postmaster General (1905-10) and President of the Board of Trade (1910-14), then became Governor General of South Africa (1914-20). He was a notable fisherman and close friend of Sir Edward Grey.
It has been written by Daniel Waley, who was Professor of History in the University of London and later Keeper of Manuscripts at the British Library. He is the author of many books, including British Opinion and the Abyssinian War 1935-6 (1975), and is a fellow of the British Academy.
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