Maurice Harold Macmillan, 1st Earl of Stockton, OM, PC, FRS was a British Conservative politician. He served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1957 to 1963. At the time of his death, he was the longest-lived prime minister in British history. He was succeeded by David Cameron.
About Harold Macmillan in brief
Maurice Harold Macmillan, 1st Earl of Stockton, OM, PC, FRS was a British Conservative politician. He served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1957 to 1963. He was known for his pragmatism, wit and unflappability. MacMillan was the last British prime minister born during the Victorian era. At the time of his death, he was the longest-lived prime minister in British history. He died at the age of 92 in 1986, and was succeeded by David Cameron. He is buried at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, with his wife, the former Helen Artie Tarleton Belles, and their three children. He also leaves behind a son, Michael, who was a Member of Parliament for Stockton-on-Tees and a son-in-law, Peter, who is also a MP for the same constituency. He has also been awarded a knighthood for his services to the arts and science, and the Order of the British Empire for his contribution to the development of the English language and culture. He had a son and a daughter, both of whom are also Conservative politicians. His son Michael was a member of the House of Lords and served as an MP for St Pancras from 1983 to 1988. He and his wife had three children, one of whom is the current Prime Minister, David Cameron, and two daughters, Julie and Sophie. They were married in 1986 and have two sons and one daughter. They have three grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild. They are now living in the United States, where they live with their daughter, Julie, and her husband, David, and have three children of their own.
They also have a grandson, David Macmillen, who lives in New York. He worked as a journalist for the New Statesman and for the Sunday Times. He wrote a book about the First World War, The Great War and the Second World War. He won an O.B.E. at Oxford and went on to become an Oxford Scholar. He later served as Chancellor and Chancellor of the Exchequer under Anthony Eden. In the 1950s he served as Foreign Secretary under Eden. He succeeded him as prime minister and Leader of the Conservative Party. He supported the Post-war consensus because he was a One Nation Tory of the Disraelian tradition, haunted by memories of the Great Depression. He championed a Keynesian strategy of deficit spending to maintain demand and pursuing corporatist policies to develop the domestic market as the engine of growth. In his speech of July 1957 he told the nation they had ‘never had it so good’, but warned of the dangers of inflation. He ended National Service, strengthened the nuclear forces by acquiring Polaris, and pioneered the Nuclear Test Ban with the U.S. and the Soviet Union. His unwillingness to disclose United States nuclear secrets to France contributed to a French veto of the UK’s entry into the European Economic Community.