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Rab Butler

Personal data
Date of birth9 December 1902
Place of birthAttock Serai, India
Date of death8 March 1982(age 79)
Place of deathGreat Yeldham, Essex
Political partyConservative
Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
In office13 July 1962 - 18 October 1963
Prime ministerHarold Macmillan
Succeeded byWilliam Whitelaw 
Preceded byAnthony Eden 
First Secretary of State
In office13 July 1962 - 18 October 1963
Prime ministerHarold Macmillan
Succeeded byGeorge Brown 
Preceded byOffice Created
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
In office20 October 1963 - 16 October 1964
Prime ministerSir Alec Douglas-Home
Succeeded byPatrick Gordon Walker
Preceded bySir Alec Douglas-Home
Home Secretary
In office14 January 1957 - 13 July 1962
Prime ministerHarold Macmillan
Succeeded byHenry Brooke
Preceded byGwilym Lloyd George
Chancellor of the Exchequer
In office28 October 1951 - 20 December 1955
Prime ministerWinston Churchill
Anthony Eden
Succeeded byHarold Macmillan
Preceded byHugh Gaitskell
In office30 May 1929 - 15 October 1965
Succeeded byPeter Kirk
Preceded byWilliam Foot Mitchell

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Richard Austen Butler, Baron Butler of Saffron Walden, KG CH DL PC (9 December 1902 - 8 March 1982), who invariably signed his name R. A. Butler and was familiarly known as Rab, was a British Conservative politician. Butler was one of only two British politicians (the other being John Simon, 1st Viscount Simon) to have served in three of the four Great Offices of State Chancellor of the Exchequer, Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary but never to have achieved the Premiership, for which he was twice passed over.


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