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Lance Lester Rothschild
Position 7th President of Georgeland
Term in office July 1, 1970 - August 16, 1976
Preceded by William Addison
Succeeded by William Barnard
Political party None
Total time in office 6 years 1 month 17 days
Born February 13, 1910
Died August 16, 1976
Spouse Rosalie Rothschild

Lance Lester Rothschild was a Georgeland sportsman, diplomat and statesman who served as the 7th President of Georgeland from 1970 to his death in 1976. Rothschild was the first Georgeland president to die in office. He was also the first Jewish President, and the only Jew to have occupied the office as of 2021.

Rothschild was born into a Jewish family in 1910. He was very distantly related to the Rothschild banking family, but the family were not wealthy. Rothschild became an Olympic cyclist, representing Georgeland at the Olympic Games of 1932 and 1936 in Los Angeles and Berlin respectively. At the Berlin games, Rothschild won a gold medal but refused to take part in the medal ceremony in protest against Nazi oppression of Jews and the prevention of German Jewish athletes from taking part. He was later criticised for not boycotting the games as some had requested, including Jewish groups in Georgeland.

During World War II, Rothschild enlisted in the Georgeland Army and fought in the Pacific, winning two medals for valour. He was discharged in 1946 and returned to Georgeland where he became a cycling coach, teacher, and from 1950 began working for the Foreign Office as a cultural attache. He was posted to Canberra from 1956 to 1958 and to Washington from 1958 to 1960. From 1960 to 1962 he was the Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Foreign Office, and was Permanent Secretary from 1962 to 1967. In 1967 he was appointed High Commissioner to India, a position he held until 1969. He came out of retirement from sport to serve as the first head of Cycling Georgeland from 1969 until 1970. In 1970 the government announced he would succeed William Addison as President. He took office on 1 July. In 1974, he was appointed to a second term by the Labour government.

Rothschild died in 1976, aged 66, of stomach cancer. His illness had been concealed for the public until only a few weeks before his death. He was survived by his wife Rosalie. Under the constitutional arrangements then in place, Prime Minister Bradley Van Goen was Acting President for about six weeks, until William Barnard was appointed as Rothschild's replacement.

































Preceded by
William Addison
President of Georgeland
July 1, 1970 - August 16, 1976
Succeeded by
William Barnard
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