Herbert Albert Laurens Fisher(1865-1940), Historian, politician and warden of New College, Oxford
Sitter in 23 portraits
Historian and politician. Herbert Albert Laurens Fisher came from a noted intellectually and artistically gifted family; one of his aunts was Julia Margaret Cameron and his cousins included Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell. He excelled at Oxford alongside fellow student and lifelong friend Gilbert Murray. In 1916 Fisher was elected MP for Sheffield Hallam and joined the government of David Lloyd George as President of the Board of Education. In this post he was instrumental in introducing the 1918 Education Act, which made school attendance compulsory for children up to the age of fourteen. Equally influential was his A History of Europe (1935) written after he had returned to Oxford to be Warden of New College in 1926.
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