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Arthur Balfour
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World Leader
    (July 25, 1848-March 19, 1930)
    Born in Whittingehame, Scotland, United Kingdom
    Member of Parliament (1874-1922)
    First Lord of the Treasury (1891-92, 1895-1905)
    Prime Minister (1902-05)
    First Lord of the Admiralty (1915-16)
    Foreign Secretary (1916-19)
    Member of the Conservative Party
    Wrote 'A Defence of Philosophical Doubt' (1879), 'The Foundations of Belief' (1895), 'Theism and Humanism' (1914) and 'Theism and Thought' (1923)
    He was appointed as Secretary for Ireland by his uncle, the Marquess of Salisbury (1895).
    In Ireland, he earned the nickname 'Bloody Balfour' for his ruthless suppression of the independence movement.
    As Foreign Secretary, he issued the Balfour Declaration (1917) committing Britain to the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine, paving the way for decades of conflict in the Middle East.
    His motto was 'Nothing matters very much and most things don't matter at all.'
    C. S. Lewis named Balfour's 'Theism and Humanism' one of the ten books that most influenced his thought.
    He was considered one of the most effective public speakers of his days, with his speeches being particularly known for their convincing logic.
    He advocated education reforms, saying there was 'no more serious waste than the waste of brains and intellect.'

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