Whig 1766 to 1768
“Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it.”
15 November 1708, Westminster, London
11 May 1778, Hayes, Middlesex
Dates in office
1766 to 1768
Pitt is credited with the birth of the British Empire. Such activities made him very popular with the people and he became known as the ‘Great Commoner’.
William Pitt ‘the Elder’ dominated British politics in the middle of the eighteenth century, although was only prime minister for 2 years.
His appreciated the relationship between war and trading success and chose his military campaigns to increase national trade. Conquering India, Canada, the West Indies and West Africa were all immensely beneficial to Britain’s merchants.
Read more about William Pitt ‘the Elder’, on the History of government blog.