Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford

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Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford

Birthdate: (68)
Birthplace: Houghton, Norfolk, England
Death: March 18, 1745 (68)
Piccadilly, London, Middlesex, England
Place of Burial: Houghton, Norfolk, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Colonel Robert Walpole, MP and Mary Burwell
Husband of Catherine Shorter and Maria Skerrett
Father of Robert Walpole, 2nd Earl of Orford; Catherine Walpole; Mary Cholmondeley, Countess of Cholmondeley; Hon Sir Edward Walpole, KB, MP; Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford and 1 other
Brother of Susan Walpole; Mary Turner (Walpole); Edward Walpole; Burwell Walpole; John Walpole and 13 others

Occupation: Statesman, Scholar, Prime Minister
Managed by: Kenneth Dean Fortie
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About Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford

<a href="">Walpole, Robert</a>

Sir Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford, KG, KB, PC (26 August 1676 – 18 March 1745), known before 1742 as Sir Robert Walpole, was a British statesman who is generally regarded as having been the first Prime Minister of Great Britain. Although the position of "Prime Minister" had no recognition in law or official use at the time, Walpole is nevertheless acknowledged as having held the office de facto because of his influence within the Cabinet.

A Whig who was first elected in 1701, Walpole served during the reigns of George I and George II. His tenure is normally dated from 1721 when he obtained the post of First Lord of the Treasury; others date it from 1730 when, with the retirement of Lord Townshend, he became the sole and undisputed leader of the Cabinet. The "longer" version of the tenure is generally upheld by the contemporary press, most notably that of the opposition, who focused far more attention upon Walpole than his counterpart. Walpole continued to govern until his resignation in 1742 prompted by the Battle of Cartagena disaster, making his administration the longest in British history. Because of his homely ways and strong Norfolk roots, he was often known to both friends and detractors as the "fat old Squire of Norfolk."...

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Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford's Timeline

August 26, 1676
Houghton, Norfolk, England
Age 24
May 30, 1703
Age 26
September 11, 1705
Age 29
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Age 28
England? - natural dtr of Sir Robert
Age 29
September 24, 1717
Age 41
London, England
April 3, 1721
- February 12, 1742
Age 44
United Kingdom
April 4, 1721
- February 11, 1742
Age 44
United Kingdom