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William 
Pitt
1708 - 1778


William 
Pitt
, Pitt the Elder. English politician. Entered Parliament (1735) and gained power over Commons with his oratory; opposed Carteret' s Hanoverian policy and system of subsidies to Continental powers (1742-44); paymaster general and privy councilor (1746); dismissed (1755) for opposition to foreign policy of Newcastle cabinet; called reluctantly (1756) by George II as secretary of state and leader of House of Commons, virtually prime minister; dismissed (1757), but immediately recalled and given full control in foreign and military affairs; by vigorous prosecution of war brought about defeats of French in India, Africa, Canada, and on the seas, thus securing Britain a vast empire; compelled to resign by refusal of majority of cabinet to declare war on Spain (1761). Pensioned; continued to oppose attempts to tax American colonists; formed new ministry (1766) with office only as privy seal on account of poor health as result of gout, which caused resignation (1768). Collapsed in House of Lords protesting disruption of empire by peace-at-any-price policy and Duke of Richmond' s motion for withdrawalof forces from America.
Born: Westminster, London, England 15th Nov 1708 Baptised:
Died: Hayes, Kent, England 11th May 1778 Buried: Westminster Abbey, , , , England
Family:
Pitt

Titles:

Ancestors
[ Patrilineage | Matrilineage | Earliest Ancestors | Force | Force2 | Options ]

1.
William 
Pitt
(
Grenville
) 1708 - 1778
2.
Robert 
Pitt
(
Villiers
) + 1727
4.
Thomas (Diamond) 
Pitt
(
Innes
) 1653 - 1726
5.
Jane 
Innes
(
Pitt
) + 1728
3.
Harriet Fitzgerald 
Villiers
(
Pitt
) + 1736
6.
Edward 
Villiers
(
FitzGerald
,
Chiffinch
) 1656 - 1711
7.
Katherine 
FitzGerald
(
Power
,
Villiers
,
Steuart
) 1660 - 1725

Siblings


1.
Ann (Nan) 
Pitt
(
Grenville
)
2.
F/? 
Pitt

3.
F/? 
Pitt

4.
F/? 
Pitt

5.
Thomas 
Pitt
+ 1760

Spouses



1. Nov 1754
Lady Hester 
Grenville
(
Pitt
) + post 1760

Descendants
[ Options ]

a.
Lady Hester 
Grenville
(
Pitt
) + post 1760
1.
Sir John 
Pitt
1756 - 1835
2.
Sir William 
Pitt
1759 - 1806
3.
Hester 
Pitt
(
Stanhope
) + 1780
3a.
Charles 
Stanhope
(
Pitt
,
Grenville
) 1753 - 1816
3.1.
Hester Lucy 
Stanhope
(
Martineau
) 1776 - 1839
3.2.
Griselda 
Stanhope
(
Tekell
) 1778 - 1851
3.3.
Lucy Rachel 
Stanhope
(
Taylor
) 1780 - 1814 ...
4.
Harriet 
Pitt
(
Eliot
) + 1786
4a.
Edward James 
Eliot
(
Pitt
) 1758 - 1797
4.1.
Hester Harriet Pitt 
Eliot
(
Pringle
) 1786 - 1842 ...
Sources

  • Family Archivists: see
    Pitt


Timeline


???Buried England
15th Nov 1708Born Westminster, London, England
Nov 1754Married
Lady Hester 
Grenville
(
Pitt
) + post 1760
1766
William 
Pitt
(
Grenville
) 1708 - 1778 inherited the title
Chatham
  [E]
11th May 1778Died Hayes, Kent, England
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