John Miller Andrews

(1871—1956) prime minister of Northern Ireland

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(1871–1956), prime minister of Northern Ireland (1940–3). Andrews, the priprietor of a linen spinning mill, was typical of the gentrified businessmen who dominated Ulster Unionism after the Edwardian era. He served as minister of labour 1921–37, and minister of finance 1937–40. He succeeded Craig as prime minister in November 1940, but lacked the flair necessary for wartime leadership, and was excessively loyal to undeserving and superannuated members of his cabinet. Having refused to yield to backbench pressure for a major overhaul of the government, he resigned in April 1943.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

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