Douglas Hurd

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Birthday
8, 1930
Birthplace
England
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Birthday
8, 1930 (age 88)
Birthplace
England

About

Under the prime ministerial administrations of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, this Conservative Party politician served as Minister for Europe; Secretary of State for Northern Ireland; Home Secretary; and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

Before Fame

After earning a degree in history from Trinity College, Cambridge, he held U.K. diplomatic posts in Italy, China, and the United States. He entered politics in the 1970s as a Member of Parliament for Mid Oxfordshire.

Trivia

A writer as well as a politician, he published a nonfiction work titled The Search for Peace (1997) and several thrillers, including Scotch on the Rocks (1971) and A Vote To Kill (1975).

Family Life

Before divorcing in 1982, he and his first wife, Tatiana, became parents to three sons. Hurd's second marriage, to his one-time political secretary Judy Smart, produced a son and a daughter and ended with Smart's death of cancer in 2008.

Associated With

He endorsed the 2005 campaign of fellow Conservative Party politician David Cameron.