Biography of Stanley Baldwin
Stanley Baldwin, 1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley (1867-1947) was Rector of the University, 1928-1931.
Born in Worcestershire, Baldwin studied at Trinity College, Cambridge and went into the family iron and steel business. He became a Conservative MP in 1928 and was briefly Chancellor of the Exchequer. He was Prime Minister from 1923 to 1924; 1924 to 1929 and 1935 to 1937.
Baldwin was Prime Minister in 1928 when he defeated the Scottish nationalist RB Cunninghame Graham; the Labour MP and University alumnus E Rosslyn Mitchell, and the philosopher Sir Herbert Samuel in the rectorial election. It was said that he attracted a far higher proportion of votes from women students than did the other candidates (the Conservative Government had just extended the right to vote to women aged between 21 and 30), and this proved crucial in a tight contest with Cunninghame Graham.