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George Grenville Whig 1763 to 1765
14 October 1712, Wotton, Buckinghamshire
13 November 1770, Bolton Street, Piccadilly, London
Dates in office
1763 to 1765
The Navy Act 1758: to speed up the payment of seamen’s wages and enable them to send a portion home to their families.
The Stamp Act 1765: required all legal documents, licenses, commercial contracts, newspapers, pamphlets, and playing cards to carry a tax stamp.
The Parliamentary Elections Act 1770 - aka The Grenville Act: transferred the power of trying election petitions from the House of Commons to a small committee of MPs selected by lot.
He had a difficult relationship with George III, who eventually removed him from office. The King complained:
"When he has wearied me for 2 hours, he looks at his watch, to see if he may not tire me for an hour more."
“A wise government knows how to enforce with temper, or to conciliate with dignity.”
George Grenville, being descended from a political family, had a perfect Prime Minister pedigree. However, he was not a success due to King George III’s dislike of him. He had to govern under the widespread perception that the King was still listening more to the advice of his predecessor, Lord Bute.
At first, he was also handicapped by the difficulty of having George III intervene in parliamentary affairs. Eventually he gave the King an ultimatum which secured him greater independence in his role.
He experienced many problems during his premiership. His prosecution of MP John Wilkes for seditious libel against the King and the Earl of Bute made him unpopular, and he was seen as a threat to the liberty of the people and the press.
He attempted to regain favour by lowering domestic taxes at the expense of the colonies, introducing the Stamp Act in 1765. The laws gave rise to widespread protests in America that eventually boiled over into the War for Independence.
There was also a riot by English weavers protesting against imported silk, for which George III blamed him.
Grenville’s fate was sealed when he fell out with King George III over the matter of who should rule for the King in the event of a deterioration of his mental health. Grenville tried to remove Queen Caroline, the King’s mother, from the list because of her friendship with Lord Bute, which led to the King sacking him in 1765 - a rare event in British history.
Grenville died of a blood disorder in 1770.