Australian politicianDied when: 69 years 117 days (831 months)
Star Sign: Cancer
Reginald Walter Darcy Weaver (18 July 1876 – 12 November 1945) was an Australian conservative parliamentarian who served in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for 28 years.
Serving from 1917 in the backbenches, he entered the cabinet of Thomas Bavin in 1929 as Secretary for Mines and Minister for Forests until he returned to opposition in 1930.
Following the success of the United Australia Party in the 1932 election, Weaver returned as the Secretary for Public Works and Minister for Health in the Stevens ministry.
In 1935 he was dropped from the ministry but was later elected as the Speaker of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1937, holding office until the Mair Government lost power in 1941.
Weaver then witnessed the death of the United Australia Party in 1943 and became the leader of the new Democratic Party in 1944.
He was then involved in the negotiations to form the future Liberal Party, which were ultimately successful, with Weaver becoming the first leader of the Liberal Party in April 1945.
He served only briefly until dying of a heart attack in November 1945.