The Viscount Bridgeman
|First Lord of the Admiralty|
6 November 1924 –4 June 1929
|Prime Minister||Stanley Baldwin|
|Preceded by||The Viscount Chelmsford|
|Succeeded by||A. V. Alexander|
25 October 1922 –22 January 1924
|Prime Minister|| Bonar Law |
|Preceded by||Edward Shortt|
|Succeeded by||Arthur Henderson|
|Secretary for Mines|
22 August 1920 –25 October 1922
|Prime Minister||David Lloyd George|
|Preceded by||Office established|
|Succeeded by||George Lane-Fox|
|Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade|
10 January 1919 –22 August 1920
|Prime Minister||David Lloyd George|
|Preceded by||George Wardle|
|Succeeded by||Sir Philip Lloyd-Greame|
|Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour|
22 December 1916 –10 January 1919
|Prime Minister||David Lloyd George|
|Preceded by||Office established|
|Succeeded by||George Wardle|
|Lord Commissioner of the Treasury|
30 May 1915 –5 December 1916
|Prime Minister||H. H. Asquith|
|Preceded by||Cecil Beck|
|Succeeded by||James Hope|
| Member of the House of Lords |
18 June 1929 –14 August 1935
|Preceded by||Peerage created|
|Succeeded by||The 2nd Viscount Bridgeman|
| Member of Parliament |
8 February 1906 –30 May 1929
|Preceded by||Allan Heywood Bright|
|Succeeded by||Bertie Leighton|
|Born||31 December 1864|
|Died||14 August 1935 70) (aged|
Leigh Manor, Shropshire
|Spouse(s)||Caroline Parker (d. 1961)|
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Cambridge|
William Clive Bridgeman, 1st Viscount Bridgeman, PC, JP, DL (31 December 1864 – 14 August 1935) was a British Conservative politician and peer. He notably served as Home Secretary between 1922 and 1924.
Bridgeman was born in London, UK, the son of Reverend Hon. John Robert Orlando Bridgeman, third son of the 2nd Earl of Bradford, and Marianne Caroline Clive. He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge.While at Cambridge, he played first-class cricket for the Cambridge University Cricket Club. He was also secretary of the Pitt Club.
Bridgeman entered a career in politics early, becoming assistant private secretary to Lord Knutsford, the Colonial Secretary (1889–1892), and then to Sir Michael Hicks-Beach, the Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1895 to 1897. In 1897 he became a member of the London School Board, and in 1904 he was elected to the London County Council. In 1906 he was elected as a member of parliament (MP) for Oswestry, staying in this seat until his retirement in 1929.
In 1911, Bridgeman became an opposition whip, and became a government whip in the Asquith coalition government in 1915. From 1915 to 1916, he was Lord of the Treasury and Assistant Director of the War Trade Department. With the creation of Lloyd George's coalition in 1916, Bridgeman became Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour until 1919, and then Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade in 1919 and 1920, and then served as Secretary for Mines from 1920 to 1922. In these roles, Bridgeman became a devoted opponent of strikes and socialism, although he came to admire more moderate trade unionists. He was appointed to the Privy Council on 13 October 1920.
In October 1922, Bridgeman was one of the leaders of the Conservative revolt against the coalition's leadership, and he became Home Secretary in the new Conservative governments of Bonar Law and Stanley Baldwin from 1922 until January 1924. He developed here a reputation for harshness and resolve, which continued in his time as First Lord of the Admiralty from November 1924 to June 1929. Throughout, he was one of Conservative leader Stanley Baldwin's closest allies. Bridgeman retired from the Commons in 1929, and that same year was created Viscount Bridgeman, of Leigh in the County of Shropshire.
In his later years, he served as chairman of various commissions and committees, as well as, briefly, Chairman of the BBC. He became Justice of Peace and Deputy Lieutenant of Shropshire, and received an Honorary Doctor of Law from the University of Cambridge in 1930.
Lord Bridgeman married Caroline Beatrix Parker, daughter of Hon. Cecil Thomas Parker and Rosamond Esther Harriet Longley, daughter of the Most Rev. Charles Thomas Longley, Archbishop of Canterbury, in Eccleston, Chester, on 30 April 1895. They had four children:
Lord Bridgeman died in Leigh Manor, Shropshire, on 14 August 1935, aged 70, and was buried in the churchyard at Hope near Minsterley three days later. The Viscountess Bridgeman died in December 1961.
Charles Thomas Longley was a bishop in the Church of England. He served as Bishop of Ripon, Bishop of Durham, Archbishop of York and Archbishop of Canterbury from 1862 until his death.
Douglas McGarel Hogg, 1st Viscount Hailsham, PC was a British lawyer and Conservative politician who twice served as Lord Chancellor, in addition to a number of other Cabinet positions. Mooted as a possible successor to Stanley Baldwin as party leader for a time in the very early 1930s, he was widely considered to be one of the leading Conservative politicians of his generation.
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Earl of Bradford is a title that has been created twice, once in the Peerage of England and once in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was first created in 1694 for Francis Newport, 2nd Baron Newport. However, all the Newport titles became extinct on the death of the fourth Earl in 1762. The Earldom was revived in 1815 for Orlando Bridgeman, 2nd Baron Bradford. The Bridgeman family had previously succeeded to the Newport estates. The title of the peerage refers to the ancient hundred of Bradford in Shropshire, and not, as might be assumed, to the city of Bradford, Yorkshire, or the town of Bradford-on-Avon in Wiltshire.
Viscount Bridgeman, of Leigh in the County of Shropshire, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1929 for the Conservative politician William Bridgeman, who had previously served as Home Secretary and First Lord of the Admiralty. He was the son of Reverend the Hon. John Robert Orlando Bridgeman, third son of George Bridgeman, 2nd Earl of Bradford. His son, the second Viscount, served as Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire from 1951 to 1969. As of 2014 the title is held by the latter's nephew, the third Viscount, who succeeded in 1982. He is one of the ninety elected hereditary peers that remain in the House of Lords after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999, and sits as a Conservative.
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Major General Robert Clive Bridgeman, 2nd Viscount Bridgeman, styled The Honourable Robert Bridgeman between 1929 and 1935, was a British Army officer and peer.
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|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Allan Heywood Bright
| Member of Parliament for Oswestry |
| Home Secretary |
The Viscount Chelmsford
| First Lord of the Admiralty |
A. V. Alexander
John Henry Whitley
| Chairman of the BBC Board of Governors |
Ronald Collet Norman
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
|New creation|| Viscount Bridgeman |
Robert Clive Bridgeman