Person:Robert Walpole (1)

Robert Walpole
b.26 Aug 1676
d.18 Mar 1745
  1. Robert Walpole1676 - 1745
  2. Horatio Walpole, 1st Baron Walpole1678 - 1757
  3. Dorothy Walpole1686 - 1726
  1. Robert Walpole, 2nd Earl of Orford1701 - 1751
  2. Lady Mary Walpole1705 - 1732
  3. Edward Walpole1706 - 1784
  4. Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford1717 - 1797
  1. Lady Maria Walpole
Facts and Events
Name Robert Walpole
Alt Name Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford
Gender Male
Birth[1][2] 26 Aug 1676
Death[1][2] 18 Mar 1745

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Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford, KG, KB, PC (26 August 1676 – 18 March 1745), known before 1742 as Sir Robert Walpole, was a British statesman who is generally regarded as the first Prime Minister of Great Britain. Although the position of "Prime Minister" had no recognition in law or official use at the time, Walpole is nevertheless acknowledged as having held the office de facto because of his influence within the Ministry.

A Whig who was first elected to parliament in 1701, Walpole served during the reigns of George I and George II. Some sources date his tenure as "Prime Minister" from 1730 when, with the retirement of Lord Townshend, he became the sole and undisputed leader of the Cabinet. But his premiership is normally dated from 1721, when he became First Lord of the Treasury; this was generally upheld by the contemporary press, most notably that of the opposition, who focused far more attention on Walpole than on Townshend. Walpole continued to govern until 1742; he was not only the first but also the longest serving Prime Minister in British history.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Robert Walpole, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford, in Lundy, Darryl. The Peerage: A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe.