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|Birth:||25th July, 1848|
|Death:||19th March, 1930|
|Profession:||Parliament Member, Politician, Statesman|
Arthur Balfour was born at Whittingehame, East Lothian, Scotland, the eldest son of James Maitland Balfour and Lady Blanche Gascoyne Cecil. Arthur Balfour had his early education at the Grange preparatory school in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire , and Eton , where he studied with the influential Master William Johnson Cory. He then went on to the University of Cambridge, where he read moral sciences at Trinity College (1866–1869), graduating with a second-class honours degree. His younger brother was the renowned Cambridge embryologist Francis Maitland Balfour (1851–1882).
In 1874 he was elected Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Hertford and represented that constituency until 1885. In the spring of 1878 Balfour became Private Secretary to his uncle, Lord Salisbury. In that capacity he accompanied Salisbury (then Foreign Secretary) to the Congress of Berlin and gained his first experience in international politics in connection with the settlement of the Russo Turkish conflict. At the same time he became known in the world of letters; the academic subtlety and literary achievement of his Defence of Philosophic Doubt (1879) suggested that he might make a reputation for himself as a philosopher.
Balfour had enjoyed good health until the year 1928, and remained until then a regular tennis player. Indeed 4 years previously he had been the first President at its founding of the International Lawn Tennis Club of Great Britain. At the end of 1928 most of his teeth had to be removed and he began to suffer from the unremitting circulatory trouble which ended his life. Late in January 1929 Balfour was conveyed from Whittingehame to Fisher's Hill, his brother Gerald's home near Woking, Surrey. Balfour died at Fisher's Hill on 19 March 1930.
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