David Maxwell Fyfe, 1st Earl of Kilmuir

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The Earl of Kilmuir

Nuremberg sketch by Laura Knight (1946)
Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain
In office
18 October 1954 – 13 July 1962
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterWinston Churchill
Anthony Eden
Harold Macmillan
Preceded byThe Lord Simonds
Succeeded byThe Lord Dilhorne
Home Secretary
In office
27 October 1951 – 19 October 1954
Prime MinisterWinston Churchill
Preceded byJames Chuter Ede
Succeeded byGwilym Lloyd George
Attorney General for England and Wales
In office
25 May 1945 – 26 July 1945
Prime MinisterWinston Churchill
Preceded bySir Donald Somervell
Succeeded bySir Hartley Shawcross
Solicitor General for England and Wales
In office
4 March 1942 – 25 May 1945
Prime MinisterWinston Churchill
Preceded bySir William Jowitt
Succeeded bySir Walter Monckton
Personal details
Born29 May 1900 (1900-05-29)
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Died27 January 1967 (1967-01-28) (aged 66)
Withyham, Sussex, England, UK
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Sylvia Harrison (died 1992)
Alma materBalliol College, Oxford

David Patrick Maxwell Fyfe, 1st Earl of Kilmuir, GCVO, PC, QC (29 May 1900 – 27 January 1967), known as Sir David Maxwell Fyfe from 1942 to 1954 and as Viscount Kilmuir from 1954 to 1962, was a British Conservative politician, lawyer and judge. During his political career, he was the Solicitor General, Attorney General, Home Secretary and Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain.

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