Jeffrey Archer

Politician and Author
Born Apr 15, 1940

Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare is an English author and former politician whose political career ended with his conviction and subsequent imprisonment (2001–03) for perjury and perverting the course of justice. Alongside his literary work, Archer was a Member of Parliament (1969–74), and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party (1985–86). He was made a life peer in 1992.… Read More

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1940 Birth Born on April 15, 1940.


1951 11 Years Old In 1951, Archer won a scholarship to Wellington School, in Somerset, not Wellington College in Berkshire, as he was inclined to claim in the past. … Read More


1963 23 Years Old In 1963 Archer was offered a place at the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education to study for a Diploma of Education. … Read More
1964 24 Years Old Whilst at Oxford Archer was successful in athletics, competing in sprinting and hurdling, later becoming president of the Oxford University Athletics Club. Television coverage survives of him making false starts in a 1964 sprint race, but he was not disqualified. … Read More
1969 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Archer set up his own fundraising and public relations company, Arrow Enterprises, in 1969. … Read More


1970 30 Years Old He took part in the "Kennedy Memorial Test" in 1970, a 50-mile running/walking race from Louth to Skegness and back. … Read More
1971 31 Years Old In 1971, he employed David Mellor, then needing money for his bar finals, to deal with his correspondence. … Read More
In 1974 Archer was a casualty of a fraudulent investment scheme involving a Canadian company called Aquablast. … Read More


1985 45 Years Old …  He was appointed deputy chairman of the Conservative Party by Margaret Thatcher in September 1985. … Read More
1986 46 Years Old Archer resigned as deputy chairman in October 1986 due to a scandal caused by an article in The News of the World, which led on the story "Tory boss Archer pays vice-girl" and claimed Archer had paid Monica Coghlan, a prostitute, £2,000 through an intermediary at Victoria Station to go abroad. … Read More


1991 51 Years Old 1 More Event
When Saddam Hussein suppressed Kurdish uprisings in 1991, Archer, with the Red Cross, set up the charity Simple Truth, a fundraising campaign on behalf of the Kurds.
1992 - 1993 2 More Events
1994 54 Years Old 1 More Event
On Question Time on 20 January 1994, Archer stated that 18 should be the age of consent for homosexuality, as opposed to 21, which it was at the time. … Read More
1999 59 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1999, Archer had been selected by the Conservative Party as candidate for the London mayoral election of 2000, with the support of two former Prime Ministers, Lady Thatcher and John Major. … Read More


2000 60 Years Old 1 More Event
On 4 February 2000, Archer was expelled from the party for five years.
…  On 19 July 2001, Archer was found guilty of perjury and perverting the course of justice at the 1987 trial. … Read More
2002 62 Years Old 1 More Event
Media reports claimed he had been abusing this privilege by attending lunches with friends, including former Education Secretary Gillian Shephard. In September 2002 he was transferred to a Category "B" prison, Lincoln. … Read More
2003 - 2004 2 More Events
2006 66 Years Old On 26 February 2006, on Andrew Marr's Sunday AM programme, Archer said he had no interest in returning to front-line politics and would pursue his writing instead.
2011 71 Years Old In 2011, Archer published the first of seven books in The Clifton Chronicles, which follow the life of Harry Clifton from his birth in 1920, through to the finale in 2020.
2013 73 Years Old 1 More Event
In late 2013, Archer was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
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