David Lloyd George

David Lloyd George (1863-1945) is one of Wales best known politicians. He was born in Manchester, but raised in Llanystwmdwy, Caernarfonshire where he studied to be a solicitor before being elected to Parliament for the Caernarvon Boroughs constituency in 1890. In his early career he was a prominent figure campaigning on radical issues such as the disestablishment of the Church of England in Wales and Home Rule for Wales before being appointed to the Cabinet in several positions including President of the Board of Trade and Chancellor of the Exchequer. In that post he was responsible for legislation establishing the state pension and National Insurance to provide for the sick and unemployed.

During the Great War he was appointed first as Minister of Munitions and then in December 1916 as Prime Minister. Following the war he won the ‘Coupon Election’ of 1918, heading a coalition government. During the post-war years he faced numerous challenges such as negotiating the Versailles Peace Treaty and the Irish War of Independence.

More information on David Lloyd George’s life and career is available from the Dictionary of Welsh Biography.

It was once suggested to Lloyd George that The National Library of Wales would become his `literary mausoleum'. Over the years the Library has in fact acquired several important groups of Lloyd George's correspondence and papers and other archives relating to his life and career:

There is a David Lloyd George online exhibition drawing on various digitised material in the Library's collections, including a number of digitised archives, including;

  • Letters from David Lloyd George to his brother
  • David Lloyd George's diaries
  • Film clips
  • Letters from Frances Stevenson sent from the Versailles Peace Conference