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Rothermere House

Esmond Cecil Harmsworth, 2nd Viscount Rothermere (29 May 1898 – 12 July 1978) was a British Conservative politician and press magnate. Harmsworth's father, Harold Sydney Harmsworth, was the 1st Viscount Rothermere and founded the Daily Mail Newspaper in partnership with his brother Alfred Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Northcliffe. Esmond was educated at Eton College and commissioned into the Royal Marine Artillery. He served as Aide-de-Camp to the Prime Minister at the Paris Peace Conference. In 1919, he was elected Member of Parliament for the Isle of Thanet, one of the youngest MPs ever. He served until 1929. Harmsworth became 2nd Viscount Rothermere in 1940. He married three times and had four children. He was succeeded by his son, Vere Harold Esmond Harmsworth, the current Lord Rothermere. Rothermere House, Memorial University's first residence in Paton College, is named after the Viscount, who was the first Chancellor of Memorial University and the benefactor who provided the funds to construct the residence. Rothermere House was a male dormitory until 1992 when it became one of the first two co-ed dorms in Paton College.