William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham
Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1766 to 1768
William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham (15 November 1708 – 11 May 1778) was a prime minister of Great Britain. He was appointed by King George III.
The Earl of Chatham
|Prime Minister of Great Britain|
30 July 1766 – 14 October 1768
|Preceded by||The Marquess of Rockingham|
|Succeeded by||The Duke of Grafton|
|Born||15 November 1708|
Westminster, London, England
|Died||11 May 1778 (aged 69)|
Hayes, Kent, England
His London house, in St. James's Square, is now the home of the international affairs think tank called Chatham House.
In 1758, during the Seven Years' War, he came up with the strategy of blocking the St. Lawrence River so the French troops in Quebec and Montreal could not get more supplies. This weakened the French side, and helped to win the war.
His son, William Pitt the Younger, was also a prime minister.
- ↑ Black, Jeremy. Pitt the Elder. Cambridge University Press, 1992.