William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham facts
|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|
15 November 1708|
Westminster, London, England
|Died||11 May 1778
Hayes, Kent, England
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.
The huge monument to William Pitt the Elder, in the Guildhall, London stands opposite an equally huge monument to his son, William Pitt the Younger in a balanced composition
William Pitt the Younger was to become Prime Minister at a young age and lead Britain for more than twenty years.
The Duke of Newcastle with whom Pitt formed an unlikely political partnership from 1757.
Lord Bute's rise to power between 1760 and 1762 dramatically influenced the emphasis of Britain's war effort. Like the new king, Bute favoured an end to British involvement on the continent.
Coat of arms of William Pitt.
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