Edward Grey better known as Sir Edward Grey was a British Liberal statesman. An adherent of the “New Liberalism”, he served as foreign secretary from 1905 to 1916, the longest continuous tenure of any person in that office.
He is probably best remembered for his “the lamps are going out” remark on 3 August 1914 on the outbreak of the First World War. He signed the Sykes-Picot Agreement on 16 May 1916. Ennobled in 1916, he was Ambassador to the United States between 1919 and 1920 and Leader of the Liberal Party in the House of Lords between 1923 and 1924.