He would also be responsible for
the creation of the United Kingdom of Great
Britain and Ireland by introducing the Act
of Union 1800. William Pitt the Younger
never married nor had children.
William Pitt the Younger Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1759 - 1806 *** Full Name: William Pitt the Younger *** Occupation: British Politician *** Date of Birth: William Pitt the Younger was born on May 28th 1759 *** Place of Birth: William Pitt the Younger was born in Hayes, Kent, England *** Family background: His father was William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham and his mother was Hester Grenville whose brother was George Grenville a former Prime Minister. His father was also known as William Pitt the Elder and also a former Prime Minister of England *** Early life and childhood: He grew up with an older brother *** Education: William Pitt the Younger was educated at home due to poor health until he was fourteen years old when he attended Pembroke College in Cambridge where he took political philosophy, classics, mathematics, chemistry, history and trigonometry as well as learning Greek and Latin ***
William Pitt the Younger Fact 1:
William Pitt the Younger was born on
May 28th 1759 and during the 18th
century period in history when
France and America both went through
revolutions and the Industrial
Revolution began in Britain.
William Pitt the Younger Fact 9: In 1782, as Lord Northís ministry collapsed and Charles Watson-Wentworth, a Whig. Would be appointed Prime Minister but when he died unexpectedly several months later another Whig, William Petty succeeded him and his government Pitt was offered the position of Chancellor of the Exchequer, which he accepted.
William Pitt the Younger Fact 10:
Under this new leadership Charles
James Fox and Pitt, once allies,
became rivals and although Pitt was
offered the position of Prime
Minister by King George III, a
position he refused, thus allowing a
coalition government to be formed
between Fox and North, Pitt raised
issues that made them uneasy such as
reforms in Parliament.
William Pitt the Younger Fact 17: Although Pitt resigned in 1801 over a difference of opinion with the King, by 1804 he was once again Prime Minister although his second term was not as strong as his first however with Pitt, an expert in financial matters, taking the reins once more as Chancellor of the Exchequer, he was able to increase the Royal naval by increasing the number of ships by fifty percent and the over an eight year period increased the number of sailors from fifteen thousand to over one hundred and thirty thousand.
William Pitt the Younger Fact 18: Pittís health had never been robust, since childhood he had had a very poor constitution.
William Pitt the Younger Fact 19: On January 23rd 1806 William Pitt the Younger died at Bowling Green House on Putney Heath it is thought of a peptic ulceration. His body laid to rest in Westminster Abbey.
Influence & Legacy: He would become known as strong and powerful Prime Minister. Although often opposed by members of the Cabinet, he nevertheless created the role of Prime Minister as one of a coordinator and supervisor the government departments. After the financial burdens of the American Civil War he was able to initiate new changes to the tax system that saw an improvement to the countryís coffers.
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