Cecil Arthur Spring Rice

SPRING RICE, (Sir) Cecil Arthur. b. London, 27 February 1859; d. Ottawa, Canada, 14 February 1918. He was the second son of the Hon. Charles Spring Rice. He was educated at Eton, where he started writing poetry, and Balliol College, Oxford. He entered the Foreign Office in 1882, and served in Washington, Berlin, Constantinople, Tehran, Cairo and St Petersburg. He was knighted in 1906 and saw further service in Tehran, 1906-1908, and Stockholm, 1908-1913. He was appointed ambassador to Washington in April 1913 and recalled at the end of 1917. His period of office there required the greatest diplomatic skill and tact, and Spring Rice is said to have worn himself out with his dedication. One...

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