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Sir William Randal Cremer
Birth: Mar. 18, 1838
Death: Jul. 22, 1908

British Liberal Party Politician and Nobel Laureate. Randal Cremer (he preferred not to use the "William") was born in Fareham, Hampshire, the son of George Cremer, a coach painter who deserted the family soon after the child was born, leaving them in great poverty. Randal had little formal education and was taught to read and write by his mother, Harriet. At the age of twelve, he was working as a pitchboy in a shipyard; at fifteen, he was apprenticed to a carpenter. He then left Hampshire, firstly for Brighton and then for London where, in 1860, he became a founder member of the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners, as well as becoming Secretary of the Workmen's Committee, which was formed to maintain sympathy with the Union in the American Civil War. It was Cremer who organised the meeting, held in St. James's Hall and addressed by John Bright, to protest against the British Government having allowed the merchant ship "Alabama" to sail for the Azores and hoist the Confederate flag. In 1870, Cremer formed a committee of working men to try to keep Great Britain neutral in the Franco-Prussian War. This evolved into the Working Men's Peace Association, of which Cremer remained the secretary until his death. After two unsuccessful attempts to stand for Parliament, he was elected in 1885 as the Liberal member for Haggerston in the East End of London. He held the seat for ten years and, although he lost the 1895 election, he regained it in 1900 and continued to hold it until his death. In 1889, he became the British secretary of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. In 1903, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace, and handed the 7,000 to the International Arbitration League, of which body he had, also, become the Secretary. He was knighted by King Edward VII in 1907, and died the following year at his house, 11 Lincoln's Inn Fields. (bio by: Iain MacFarlaine) 
 
Burial:
Hampstead Cemetery
Hampstead
London Borough of Camden
Greater London, England
Plot: H9/40
 
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Originally Created by: Iain MacFarlaine
Record added: Apr 13, 2004
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Sir William Randal Cremer
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Sir William Randal Cremer
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Sir William Randal Cremer
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May you rest in peace.
- Michael
 Added: Jan. 15, 2011

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