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Biography of Willima Ferguson Massey (1856-1925)


Political New Zealand, of Irish origin, born in Limavady in 1856 and died in 1925, which was the country's Prime Minister during the period between 1912 and 1925. In 1870 he emigrated to New Zealand with his family and lived there the rest of his life. Massey joined the Parliament in 1894 by Waitemata, and was chosen by Franklin in 1986. In 1903 he was leader of the opposition conservative party, and in 1912 was appointed premier, inaugurating the first Conservative Cabinet in twenty-two years. Massey, deft parliamentary and political, was a staunch supporter of the imperial policy, which supported the New Zealand to Britain during the first world war. He participated in the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, and visited London on five occasions during the time it lasted its mandate. He was named doctor Honoris causa by the universities of Oxford, Edinburgh and Belfast.


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