Haldane was born in Edinburgh in July, 1856. Educated at Edinburgh
University and Gottingen University. He studied law in London
was called to the bar in 1879. A Liberal, he was elected to
represent the Scottish seat of East Lothian in the 1885 General
Election. A supporter of the Boer War, he joined the government
of Henry Campbell-Bannerman in 1905 as Secretary of State for
War. While in office he created the General Staff (1906), the
Territorial Army (1907).
he was granted the title, Viscount Haldane. The following year
Herbert Asquith appointed Haldane as his Lord Chancellor. Unfairly
accused of being pro-German by the press during the First World
War, Haldane left Asquith's coalition government in 1915.
of the Fabian Society, Haldane campaigned for the Labour Party
in the 1923 General Election. In 1924 Haldane became Lord Chancellor
in the Labour Government formed by Ramsay MacDonald. For the
next four years he was also leader of the House of Lords. Richard
Haldane died in 1928.