Rt. Hon. George Grenville, Prime Minister of Great Britain

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George Grenville, Prime Minister of Great Britain

Birthplace: Wolton, Buckingham, England
Death: Died in London, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Grenville and Hester Grenville (Temple), 1st Countess Temple
Husband of Elizabeth Grenville
Father of Charlotte Williams Wynn; George Nugent-Temple-Grenville, 1st Marquess of Buckingham; Hester Fortescue; William Wyndham Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville; Catherine Griffin and 2 others
Brother of Richard Grenville, 2nd Earl Temple; Rt. Hon. James Grenville; Hon. Henry Grenville; Captain Thomas Henry Grenville; Hester Pitt, Countess of Chatham and 2 others

Occupation: In office 16 April 1763 – 13 July 1765 as Prime Minister
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About Rt. Hon. George Grenville, Prime Minister of Great Britain


George Grenville (14 October 1712 – 13 November 1770) was a British Whig statesman who rose to the position of Prime Minister of Great Britain.[1] Grenville was born into an influential political family and first entered Parliament in 1741 as an MP for Buckingham. He emerged as one of Cobham's Cubs, a group of young MPs associated with Lord Cobham.

In 1754 Grenville became Treasurer of the Navy, a position he held twice until 1761. In October 1761 he chose to stay in government and accepted the new role of Leader of the Commons causing a rift with his brother-in-law and political ally William Pitt who had resigned. Grenville was subsequently made Northern Secretary and First Lord of the Admiralty by the new Prime Minister Lord Bute.

On April 8, 1763, Lord Bute resigned, and Grenville assumed his position as Prime Minister.[2] His government tried to bring public spending under control and pursued an assertive foreign policy. His best known policy is the Stamp Act, an exclusive tax on the colonies in America, which provoked widespread opposition in Britain's American colonies and was later repealed. Grenville had increasingly strained relations with his colleagues and the King and in 1765 he was dismissed by George III and replaced by Lord Rockingham. For the last five years of his life Grenville led a group of his supporters in opposition and staged a public reconciliation with Pitt.






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Rt. Hon. George Grenville, Prime Minister of Great Britain's Timeline

October 14, 1712
Wolton, Buckingham, England
November 11, 1712
Wotton underwood, Buckinghamshire
September 14, 1751
Age 38
June 17, 1753
Age 40
London, Middlesex, England
October 24, 1756
Age 44
October 25, 1759
Age 47
Buckinghamshire, UK
November 23, 1760
Age 48
November 23, 1762
Age 50
November 13, 1770
Age 58
London, United Kingdom