Billy Hughes

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Billy Hughes

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7th Prime Minister of Australia
In office
27 October, 1915 – 9 February, 1923
Preceded byAndrew Fisher
Succeeded byStanley Bruce
Personal details
Born(1862-09-25)25 September 1862
London, England
Died28 October 1952(1952-10-28) (aged 90)
Political partyLabor, National Labor, Nationalist, Australian, United Australia, Liberal

William Morris "Billy" Hughes (25 September 1862 – 28 October 1952) was the seventh Prime Minister of Australia. He became Prime Minister during World War I. He tried to introduce conscription but the public did not want it. His party, Labor, kicked him out and he formed a new party with the opposition called the Nationalist Party. He was Prime Minister for over 7 years which was the most of anyone at the time. He was forced to resign by the Country Party in 1923 but he stayed in Parliament until he died.

Before serving as Prime Minister, Hughes was Minister for External Affairs under Chris Watson. He was Attorney-General in Andrew Fisher's three Labor governments in 1908–09, 1910–13 and 1914–15.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Fitzhardinge, L. F. Hughes, William Morris (Billy) (1862–1952). Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
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