Charles James Fox

Charles James Fox

London, City of London, Greater London, England
Death 13 Sep 1806 (aged 57)
Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Burial Chertsey, Runnymede Borough, Surrey, England
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British Politician. A leading Whig politician and first Foreign Secretary. He was educated at Eton and Oxford University, and elected to represent Midhurst in the House of Commons when he was only nineteen. At the age of twenty-one, he was appointed by Frederick North, the prime minister, as the Junior Lord of the Admiralty. In December 1772 he became Lord of the Treasury. Leaving the office in 1774, he opposed North's policy towards America. He denounced the taxation of the Americans without their consent. When war broke out he called for a negotiated peace. After 1780 he became a supporter of parliamentary reform. In March 1782, he became Foreign Secretary in the government led by Rockingham, but left in July 1782, on the death of the Marquis of Rockingham as he was unwilling to serve under the new prime minister, Lord Sherburne. When Lord Grenville became prime minister in 1806 he appointed Charles Fox as his Foreign Secretary. Fox began negotiating with the French but was unable to bring an end to the war. After making a passionate speech in favour of the Abolition of the Slave Trade bill in the House of Commons on June 10, 1806, Fox was taken ill. His health deteriorated rapidly and he died three months later in Chiswick. Though he wished to be laid to rest in Chertsey where he had lived, the nation demanded that he be buried in Westminster Abbey. A staunch supporter of Britain's North American colonies, the town of Foxborough in Massachusetts was named in his honour.

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