Herbert Fisher
Herbert Albert Laurens Fisher OM
Order of Merit
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, FRS, PC (21 March 1865 – 18 April 1940) was an English
English people
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 historian, educator, and Liberal
Liberal Party (UK)
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 politician. He served as President of the Board of Education
Secretary of State for Education and Skills
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 in David Lloyd George
David Lloyd George
David Lloyd George, 1st Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor OM, PC was a British Liberal politician and statesman...

's 1916 to 1922 coalition government.
Fisher was born in London
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, the eldest son of Herbert William Fisher
Herbert William Fisher
Herbert William Fisher was a British historian, best known for his book Considerations on the Origin of the American War ....

 (1826–1903), author of Considerations on the Origin of the American War and his wife Mary Louisa Jackson (1841–1916). His sister Adeline Maria Fisher was the first wife of the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams
Ralph Vaughan Williams
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, another sister Florence Henrietta Fisher married both Frederic William Maitland
Frederic William Maitland
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 and Francis Darwin
Francis Darwin
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It is easier for eight or nine elderly men to feel their way towards unanimity if they are not compelled to conduct their converging maneuvers under the microscopes and telescopes of the press, but are permitted to shuffle about a little in slippers.

An International Experiment (1921)

I can see ... only one safe rule for the historian: that he should recognize in the development of human destinies the play of the contingent and the unforeseen.


Purity of race does not exist. Europe is a continent of energetic mongrels.

Ch. 1

Politics is the art of human happiness.

Ch. 31