Gen. William Petty (Fitzmaurice), 1st Marquess of Lansdowne

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William Fitzmaurice Petty (FitzMaurice), KG, PC

Nicknames: "William Petty FitzMaurice"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Dublin, Fingal, Ireland
Death: Died in Shelburne House, Berkeley Square, City of Westminster, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of John Petty (Fitzmaurice), 1st Earl of Shelburne and Mary Petty
Husband of Sophia Petty (Carteret), Countess of Shelburne and Louisa Petty, Marchioness of Lansdowne
Father of John Henry Petty, 2nd Marquess of Lansdowne; Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne and Lady Louisa Fitzmaurice
Brother of Hon. Thomas FitzMaurice

Managed by: Michael Lawrence Rhodes
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About William Fitzmaurice Petty (FitzMaurice), KG, PC

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Petty,_2nd_Earl_of_Shelburne

William Petty-FitzMaurice, 1st Marquess of Lansdowne, KG, PC (2 May 1737 – 7 May 1805), known as The Earl of Shelburne between 1761 and 1784, by which title he is generally known to history, was an Irish-born British Whig statesman who was the first Home Secretary in 1782 and then Prime Minister 1782–1783 during the final months of the American War of Independence.

In 1782 he consented to take office of Prime Minister under Lord Rockingham on condition that the King would recognise the United States. On the death of Lord Rockingham in the same year he became Prime Minister; but the secession of Fox and his supporters led to the famous coalition of Fox with Lord North, which caused his resignation in the following April, his fall being perhaps hastened by his plans for the reform of the public service. He had also in contemplation a Bill to promote free commercial intercourse between Britain and the United States. When Pitt acceded to office in 1784, Shelburne, instead of receiving a place in the Cabinet, was created Marquess of Lansdowne. Though giving a general support to the policy of Pitt, he from this time ceased to take an active part in public affairs.

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Gen. William Petty (Fitzmaurice), 1st Marquess of Lansdowne's Timeline

1737
May 2, 1737
Dublin, Fingal, Ireland
May 13, 1737
1751
1751
Age 13
1765
December 6, 1765
Age 28
1779
July 19, 1779
Age 42
Bloomsbury, Greater London, UK
1780
July 2, 1780
Age 43
Lansdowne or Shelburne House, Berkeley Square, City of Westminster, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
1805
May 7, 1805
Age 68
Shelburne House, Berkeley Square, City of Westminster, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
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