(James) Eric Drummond

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(b. 17 Aug. 1876, d. 15 Dec. 1951). First Secretary of the League of Nations 1919–33 The private secretary to Prime Minister Asquith (1912–15) and then to Foreign Secretaries Grey (1915–16) and Balfour (1916–18), he was part of the British delegation at the Paris Peace Conference (1918–19). Following his long tenure as first secretary of the League of Nations, during which time the organization was successful in mediating between belligerent nations but unable to prevent war, he was appointed British ambassador to Rome until the outbreak of World War II.

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