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Rt Hon Billy Hughes
7th Prime Minister of Australia
In office
27 October, 1915 – 9 February, 1923
Preceded by Andrew Fisher
Succeeded by Stanley Bruce
Personal details
Born 25 September 1862(1862-09-25)
London, England
Died 28 October 1952(1952-10-28) (aged 90)
Political party Labor, National Labor, Nationalist, Australian, United Australia, Liberal

William Morris "Billy" Hughes (25 September 186228 October 1952) was the seventh Prime Minister of Australia. He became Prime Minister during World War I. He tried to introduce conscription but the public did not want it. His party, Labor, kicked him out and he formed a new party with the opposition called the Nationalist Party. He was Prime Minister for over 7 years which was the most of anyone at the time. He was forced to resign by the Country Party in 1923 but he stayed in Parliament until he died.

Before serving as Prime Minister, Hughes was Minister for External Affairs under Chris Watson. He was Attorney-General in Andrew Fisher's three Labor governments in 1908–09, 1910–13 and 1914–15.[1]


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