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George Cave (February 23, 1856 – March 29, 1928) was a lawyer and Unionist MP who became Home Secretary under David Lloyd George from 1916 to 1919 and served as Lord Chancellor from 1922 to 1924 and again, following a brief Labour Government, from 1924 to 1928. He resigned from the post just days before his death. He was elected Unionist Member of Parliament for the Kingston Division of Surrey in 1906 (a seat he held for the next 12 years) and was appointed Vice-Lieutenant of Surrey the following year. In 1918 he was made Viscount Cave, of Richmond in the County of Surrey. According to his obituary in The Times: “[Cave’s] family was well known in Richmond, where he occupied a beautiful old house, forming part of the ancient palace, and known as Wardrobe Court. He enjoyed the complete confidence of his constituents and the personal esteem of all classes.” This was less so with the suffragettes, since he was one of the judges who voted against Viscountess Rhondda from taking her place in the House of Lords under he Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 which allowed women to exercise “any public office”.

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