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Robert Menzies
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    (December 20, 1894-May 15, 1978)
    Born in Jeparit, Victoria, Australia
    Member of Parliament for Kooyong (1934-66)
    Two-term Prime Minister of Australia (1939-41,1949-66)
    Founding member of the Liberal Party (1945)
    His insistence on pronouncing his last name in the traditional Scots manner ('Ming-iss') resulted in the nickname 'Ming the Merciless.'
    During his first year in college, he failed Latin.
    After a tour of Nazi Germany, he wrote, 'The abandonment by the Germans of individual liberty has something rather magnificent about i (1938)
    He allowed the British to test nuclear weapons on Australian soil.
    He sent Australian soldiers to participate in the Vietnam War.
    A Parliamentary colleague noted, 'He tended to say things that were not only cutting and unkind, but that were unjustified.'
    At thirteen, he ranked first in the state of Victoria in a national scholarship examination.
    He protested 'the barbaric and medieval persecution' of Jews in Germany (1938).
    He was the longest-serving Australian Prime Minister.
    When a heckler shouted, 'I wouldn't vote for you if you were the Archangel Gabriel, he retorted, 'If I were the Archangel Gabriel, I'm afraid you wouldn't be in my constituency.'

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