Longford, Francis ___ 1905-2001 ___ British ___ politician

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
Francis, or Frank, Pakenham was born at Pakenham Castle, Northern Ireland, educated at Eton and at New College, Oxford, where he shared digs with Hugh Gaitskell. Aged 25, he went to research education policy for the Conservative Party, but this experience only served to lead him towards socialism. For a while, he also worked as a teacher, a don at Oxford, and wrote leaders for the 'Daily Mail'. In 1931, he married Elizabeth Harman with whom he had eight children. In 1936, he was beaten while protesting at a Mosleyite meeting. In 1939, he joined the Territorial Army but was invalided out. Also in the 1930s, he joined the Labour Party and converted, with his wife, to Roman Catholicism. After the war, he failed to win the Oxford parliamentary seat for Labour, but was made Baron Pakenham of Cowley and appointed a junior minister in the Labour government of 1946-1951. Subsequently, in the 1960s, he was Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords, and Secretary of State for the Colonies. In 1961, Longford inherited from his brother the Irish titles of Earl of Longford and Baron Longford and the UK title of Baron Silchester. He was created a Knight of the Garter in 1971. Longford was also a prolific author, writing on religious and biographical topics, and was a noted prison visitor. He wrote a diary for the calendar year 1981 at the behest of his publisher.
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DIARY DATES, CONTENT DESCRIPTORS
1981 ___ political religious royalty prison

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Diary of a Year
Lord Longford's Prison Diary
 

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