- Robert Hudson, 1st Viscount Hudson
He was the eldest son of
Robert William Hudsonwho had inherited the substantial family soap business and sold it, and Gerda Frances Marion Bushell. Hudson was educated at Eton Collegeand Magdalen College, Oxford. He entered the Diplomatic Service in 1911, becoming an attachéand first minister before entering politics.
Hudson was elected as
Member of Parliamentfor Whitehaven in 1924 and served there until losing in 1929. In 1931 he was returned for Southport. He served in several ministerial posts, becoming a Privy Counsellorin 1938 and the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries in 1940, a post he would hold until the 1945 election. He had a particular interest in farming and was a member of the council of the Royal Agricultural Society.
Hudson was created
Viscount Hudsonin 1952.
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