Foreign Secretary - List of Foreign Secretaries - Secretaries of State For Foreign Affairs, 1900–1968

Secretaries of State For Foreign Affairs, 1900–1968

Name Portrait Term of office Political party Prime Minister
The Marquess of Lansdowne 12 November 1900 4 December 1905 Liberal Unionist The Marquess of Salisbury
Arthur Balfour
Sir Edward Grey, Bt 10 December 1905 10 December 1916 Liberal Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman
H. H. Asquith
Arthur Balfour 10 December 1916 23 October 1919 Conservative David Lloyd George
The Earl Curzon
23 October 1919 22 January 1924 Conservative
Andrew Bonar Law
Stanley Baldwin
Ramsay MacDonald 22 January 1924 3 November 1924 Labour Ramsay MacDonald
Sir Austen Chamberlain 6 November 1924 4 June 1929 Conservative Stanley Baldwin
Arthur Henderson 7 June 1929 24 August 1931 Labour Ramsay MacDonald
The Marquess of Reading 25 August 1931 5 November 1931 Liberal Ramsay MacDonald
Sir John Simon 5 November 1931 7 June 1935 Liberal National Ramsay MacDonald
Sir Samuel Hoare, Bt 7 June 1935 18 December 1935
(resigned)
Conservative Stanley Baldwin
Anthony Eden 22 December 1935 20 February 1938
(resigned)
Conservative
Neville Chamberlain
The Viscount Halifax 21 February 1938 22 December 1940 Conservative
Anthony Eden 22 December 1940 26 July 1945 Conservative Winston Churchill
Ernest Bevin 27 July 1945 9 March 1951 Labour Clement Attlee
Herbert Morrison 9 March 1951 26 October 1951 Labour
Anthony Eden 28 October 1951 7 April 1955 Conservative Sir Winston Churchill
Harold Macmillan 7 April 1955 20 December 1955 Conservative Sir Anthony Eden
Selwyn Lloyd 20 December 1955 27 July 1960 Conservative
Harold Macmillan
The Earl of Home 27 July 1960 20 October 1963 Conservative
R. A. Butler 20 October 1963 16 October 1964 Conservative Sir Alec Douglas-Home
Patrick Gordon Walker 16 October 1964 22 January 1965
(lost seat 1964)
Labour Harold Wilson
Michael Stewart 22 January 1965 11 August 1966 Labour
George Brown 11 August 1966 16 March 1968
(resigned)
Labour
Michael Stewart 16 March 1968 17 October 1968 Labour

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