Editor of The Times 1967-81. Also High Sheriff of Somerset in the late 1970s. Chairman of the Arts Council in the 1980s. Vice-Chairman of the BBC Board of Governors. In 1988 he became Baron Rees-Mogg of Hinton Blewettin in the County of Avon.
1962 married Gillian Shakespeare Morris, daughter of Thomas Morris, and went on to have 5 children, including the politicians: Jacob Rees-Mogg and Annunciata Rees-Mogg.