Williams, Herbert Geraint

Educated privately and at Liverpool University, where he took mathematics, Williams (1884-1954, knighted 1939, 1st Baronet 1953) began his career as an apprentice and became a marine engineer and an electrical engineer. He was a candidate in several elections, and was a Conservative Member of Parliament (1924-29 and 1932-45). He was parliamentary secretary to the Board of Trade (1928-29) and a member of the Select Committee of the House of Commons on National Expenditure (1939-44). He was chairperson of the Executive of the London Conservative Union and a member of the Grand Council of the Primrose League, and director and chairperson of a number of companies and trade associations. He wrote some books on economics and finance, including a volume of Elementary Principles of Political Economy.

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