| Share
 

Reginald McKenna

McKenna, Reginald, 1863–1943, British politician and banker. Elected to Parliament as a Liberal in 1895, he entered the cabinet as president of the board of education in 1907. As first lord of the admiralty (1908–11), he increased the rate of battleship construction and thus helped to ensure Britain's naval supremacy at the outbreak (1914) of World War I. After serving as home secretary (1911–15), McKenna became chancellor of the exchequer in Herbert Asquith's coalition cabinet (1915–16) and imposed new income taxes and import duties. He resigned when David Lloyd George displaced Asquith as prime minister. Defeated in the 1918 election, he retired from politics. From 1919 until his death he was chairman of the Midland Bank.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

See more Encyclopedia articles on: British and Irish History: Biographies


Premium Partner Content
HighBeam Research
Documents Images and Maps Reference
(from Newspapers, Magazines, Journals, Newswires, Transcripts and Books)

Research our extensive archive of more than 80 million articles from 6,500 publications.

Additional search results provided by HighBeam Research, LLC. © Copyright 2005. All rights reserved.

24 X 7

Private Tutor

Click Here for Details
24 x 7 Tutor Availability
Unlimited Online Tutoring
1-on-1 Tutoring