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Sir William Randal Cremer
"Member of Parliament for "Haggerston
In office
24 October 1900 – 22 July 1908
Preceded by "John Lowles
Succeeded by "Rupert Guinness
In office
18 December 1885 – 13 July 1895
Succeeded by "John Lowles
Personal details
Born 18 March 1828
"Fareham, "Hampshire, England, UK
Died 22 July 1908
"London, England
Nationality British
Political party "Liberal
Awards "Nobel Peace Prize
Knight of the "Order of St. Olav
Chevalier of the "Legion of Honour
"Knight Bachelor

Sir William Randal Cremer (18 March 1828 – 22 July 1908) usually known by his middle name "Randal", was an "English "Liberal "Member of Parliament, a "pacifist, and a leading advocate for international arbitration. He was awarded the "Nobel Peace Prize in 1903 for his work with the "international arbitration movement.[1]


Early life[edit]

Cremer was born to a working-class family in the southern English town of "Fareham. His father was a coachman, who abandoned the family soon after Randal Cremer was born. His mother raised him along with his two sisters, ensuring he received an education at a local "Methodist school. He augmented his knowledge by attending free lectures, was apprenticed as a builder, and became a skilled "carpenter.[2]

Moving to London 1852, Cremer became active as a union organiser, swiftly becoming a recognized labour leader. Cremer was elected as the Secretary of the "International Workingmen's Association in 1865, but resigned two years later in 1867 as he felt the organisation was becoming too radical. While heavily involved in campaigning for progressive causes, and respected by "Marx, Cremer did not agree with a worker led revolution.[3]

Role in the international arbitration movement[edit]

From as early as his first unsuccessful run for Parliament in 1868, Cremer had advocated the expansion of international arbitration as peaceful alternative to war for the resolution of disputes.[3]

He was elected as Liberal "Member of Parliament (MP) for "Haggerston in the "Shoreditch district of "Hackney from 1885 to 1895, and from 1900 until his death, from "pneumonia in 1908.

Using his platform as an MP, Cremer cultivated allies on both continental Europe and across the Atlantic, including "Frédéric Passy, "William Jennings Bryan and "Andrew Carnegie. Using his network of contacts and his talent for organisation, Cremer did much to create and expand institutions for "international arbitration, which during his lifetime were successful in peacefully resolving numerous international disputes. This work includes co-founding the "Inter-Parliamentary Union and the "International Arbitration League; gaining acceptance for the 1897 "Anglo-American arbitration treaty; and preparing the ground for the "Hague peace conferences of 1899 and 1907.[3]

In recognition of his work in the arbitration movement, Cremer won the "Nobel Peace Prize, the first to do so solo, in 1903.["citation needed] Of the £8,000 award he donated £7,000 as an endowment for the "International Arbitration League.[4]

He also was named a Chevalier of the "French "Légion d'honneur,[5] won the "Norwegian "Knighthood of Saint Olaf and was "knighted in 1907.

Randal Cremer Primary School, in Haggerston,[6] is named in his honour.


Cremer died on 22 July 1908, leaving an estate of £2,241 (£1,803 net).[4]


  1. ^ "The Nobel Peace Prize 1903 Randal Cremer". nobelprize.org. 
  2. ^ "" "Lee, Sidney, ed. (1912). "Cremer, William Randal". "Dictionary of National Biography, 1912 supplement​. 1. London: "Smith, Elder & Co. 
  3. ^ a b c "Mark Mazower (2012). "Chpt 3: The empire of Law". Governing the world. Allen Lane. "ISBN "9780-7-1399683-8. 
  4. ^ a b "Sir W. Cremer's Will". The Cardiff Times. David Duncan and William Ward. 1908-10-24. Retrieved 2018-03-11. 
  5. ^ Among the world's peacemakers: an epitome of the "Interparliamentary Union edited by Hayne Davis, 1908
  6. ^ "Randal Cremer Primary School". Hackney Borough Council. Retrieved 2009-08-24. 


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Succeeded by
"Peter Fox
Preceded by
"Peter Fox
General Secretary of the "International Workingmen's Association
Succeeded by
"Johann Eccarius
"Parliament of the United Kingdom
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"John Lowles
Preceded by
"John Lowles
"Member of Parliament for "Haggerston
Succeeded by
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