A Guide to the Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, Earl of Halifax Letters, 1942
British politician Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax (1881-1959), was the son of Charles Lindley Wood, the 2nd Viscount Halifax, and Lady Agnes Elizabeth Courtenay. In 1909, he married Lady Dorothy Onslow (1885-1976), with whom he had six children. Educated at Eton College and Oxford University, Wood became the Conservative Member of Parliament for the Ripon constituency in 1910 as well as the first Lord Irwin and a member of the House of Lords in 1925. He served in a number of positions in British government, including as viceroy of India from 1925 to 1931 and as Lord Privy Seal from 1935 to 1937. Shortly before the advent of World War II, Wood was appointed foreign secretary under Neville Chamberlain. In 1940, Winston Churchill selected Wood as British ambassador to the United States, a role he used to persuade Franklin D. Roosevelt to enter the war.
Layborn, Keith. British Political Leaders: A Biographical Dictionary. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, Inc., 2001.
The Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, Earl of Halifax Letters, 1942, consist of two letters written by Halifax and his wife Dorothy, to Richard Corner in Austin, Texas. The letters mention the Halifax’s recent trip to Texas and express gratitude to Corner for his interest in their visit.
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Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, Earl of Halifax Letters, 1942, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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