- John Hare, 1st Viscount Blakenham
Hare was educated at
Eton Collegeand married Hon. Beryl Nancy Pearson, daughter of Weetman Pearson, 2nd Viscount Cowdray, on 31 January 1934. They had three children:
*Hon. Mary Anne Hare (b.
9 April 1936)
*Michael John Hare, 2nd Viscount Blakenham (b.
25 January 1938)
*Hon. Joanna Freda Hare (b.
27 July 1942), married 1967 to United States Supreme CourtJustice Stephen Breyer
He was an
Aldermanof London County Councilbetween 1937 and 1952, fought in the Second World Warwith the Suffolk Yeomanryin Italyand was awarded the Legion of Honour.
Hare was Conservative
Member of Parliamentfor Woodbridge between 1945 and 1950, then for Sudbury and Woodbridge between 1950 and 1963. He was vice-chairman of the Conservative Party between 1952 and 1955 and chairman between 1963 and 1965.
Hare served in the
governmentof Anthony Edenas Minister of Stateof Colonial Affairs between 1955 and 1956 and Secretary of State for Warfrom 1956 to 1958, under Eden and his successor, Harold Macmillan. He held the office of Minister of Agriculturefrom 1958 to 1960 and Minister of Labourbetween 1960 and 1963, both under Macmillan.
He was created 1st
Viscount Blakenham, of Little Blakenham, Co. Suffolkon 8 November 1963and held the office of Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancasterand Deputy Leader of the House of Lordsbetween 1963 and 1964.
Hare received the Victoria Medal of Honour from the
Royal Humane Societyin 1974. [Mosley, Charles (ed.) (2003) "John Hugh Hare, 1st Viscount Blakenham" "Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage" 107th edition, 3 volumes, Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A., volume 1, page 391.]
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