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Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (A)
Aitken, William Maxwell (Lord Beaverbrook)


(1879-1964) Son of a Presbyterian minister who had immigrated from Scotland to New Brunswick. Aitken became a millionaire stockbroker in Montreal at age 29 and moved to England, where he was elected to Parliament. In 1916 he bought control of the London Daily Express and two years later founded the Sunday Express. He bought the Evening Standard in 1923. Aitken greatly increased the circulation of his papers and made another fortune. He held the rank of British cabinet minister in both world wars.


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