Robert Walpole facts for kids
The Rt Hon. Sir Robert Walpole
|Prime Minister of Great Britain|
4 April 1721 – 11 February 1742
|Succeeded by||The Earl of Wilmington|
|Chancellor of the Exchequer|
12 October 1715 – 15 April 1717
3 April 1721-12 February 1742
|Preceded by||Richard Onslow
|Succeeded by||James Stanhope
26 August 1676|
|Died||18 March 1745
Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford was born in Houghton, Norfolk on 26 August 1676. He died on 18 March 1745. He was England's first Prime Minister in 1721. He was Prime Minister for a longer amount of time than anyone who came after him. Literally, he was not the first prime minister of Great Britain, because the term was not actually used until 1905, he was actually the "First Lord of the Treasury". Therefore, the first British prime minister was Henry Campbell-Bannerman because the term "Prime Minister" started being used 5 days after he was elected.
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1740 political cartoon depicting Walpole as the Colossus of Rhodes, alluding to his reluctance to engage Spain and France militarily
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