F.E. Smith 1872-1930
F.E. Smith had a quick wit and was
Winston Churchill's pal.
Smith was called to the bar in 1899.
In 1901, Smith married Margaret
Furneaux. Together, they had three children, a son and two
daughters. Son Frederick Winston Furneaux Smith became a
F.E. Smith was one of the highest paid
barristers in the country.
Smith entered the House of Commons as
Conservative in 1906 and, on March 12, 1906, he delivered his
Maiden Speech. This speech is regarded as one of the
most brilliant maiden speeches in the history of the UK parliament.
In 1915, Smith was knighted and in 1919
he became Baron Birkenhead, in 1921 Viscount Birkenhead, and in 1922
Earl of Birkenhead.
F.E. Smith was lord chancellor from 1919