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Sir William Petty

Sir William Petty

Birth
Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Death 7 May 1805 (aged 67)
Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Burial High Wycombe, Wycombe District, Buckinghamshire, England
Memorial ID 10139 · View Source
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British Prime Minister. 1st Marquess Lansdowne. Born William FitzMaurice Petty, the eldest son of Mary FitzMaurice and John Petty, 1st Earl Shelburne in Dublin, Ireland. He was styled as Viscount FitzMaurice from 1753. He attended Christ Church at Oxford before taking a commission in 1757, distinguishing himself in battle at Minden in 1759. He achieved the rank of Colonel in 1760 and served as Aide-de-Camp to the King until 1763. With the death of his father in 1761, he inherited the titles 2nd Baron Dunkeron, 2nd Earl of Shelburne, and 2nd Lord Wycombe. He held the office of First Lord of Trade and was invested as a Privy Counsellor in 1763. He married Lady Sophia Carteret in 1765, with whom he had one son. He married a second time in 1779, producing two children. He held the office of Foreign Secretary between March 1782 and July 1782, and was invested as a Knight, Order of the Garter in April 1782. He served as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury between July 1782 and April 1783, gaining the rank of General that same year. He was created 1st Viscount Calne and Calston and 1st Marquess of Lansdowne in December 1784. He was invested as a Fellow, Society of Antiquaries in March 1798. He died in London at age 68 and was interred at High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

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  • Added: 25 Jun 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10139
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sir William Petty (20 May 1737–7 May 1805), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10139, citing All Saints Churchyard, High Wycombe, Wycombe District, Buckinghamshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .