William Hughes

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William Hughes
Date of birth 25 September 1862
Date of death 28 October 1952
Wife Elizabeth Hughes
Party Australian Labor Party
Prime Minister
From 27 October 1915
To 9 February 1923
Succeeded Andrew Fisher
Preceded Stanley Bruce

Rt. Hon. William (Billy) Morris Hughes was Australia's seventh Prime Minister, and was the Prime Minister for the duration of World War I.

He was elected to Federal Parliament from the commencement of federation in 1901, and retired in 1952, having been voted into office at all 21 general elections during that time. Prior to that, he had been a parliamentarian in the New South Wales parliament for seven years, so spent a remarkable 58 years in state and federal parliament.

He advocated conscription, and successfully introduced a bill to hold a referendum on conscription. The referendum narrowly failed, but before that took place, the New South Wales branch of the Labor Party expelled him over his support of conscription.

His funeral procession through the streets of Sydney was watched by 450,000 people lining the streets.


Australian Prime Ministers
Edmund Barton (1901)

Alfred Deakin (1903, 1905, and 1909)
John Watson (1904)
George Reid (1904)
Andrew Fisher (1908, 1910, and 1914)
Joseph Cook (1913)
William Hughes (1915)

Stanley Bruce (1923)

James Scullin (1929)
Joseph Lyons (1932)
Earle Page (1939)
Robert Menzies (1939 and 1949)
Arthur Fadden (1941)
John Curtin (1941)

Francis Forde (1945)

Joseph Chifley (1945)
Harold Holt (1966)
John McEwen (1967)
John Gorton (1968)
William McMahon (1971)
Gough Whitlam (1972)

Malcolm Fraser (1975)

Robert Hawke (1983)
Paul Keating (1991)
John Howard (1996)
Kevin Rudd (2007)