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William Wyndham Grenville

(1759—1834) prime minister

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British statesman, Prime Minister (1806–07). He entered the House of Commons in 1782 and served as Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (1791–1801) under William Pitt the Younger. After Pitt's death he formed the so-called ‘Ministry of all the Talents' (February 1806–March 1807). Attempts to end the Napoleonic Wars failed, but a bill for the abolition of the British overseas slave trade succeeded, following a resolution introduced by Charles James Fox. A bill to emancipate Roman Catholics, however, was rejected by George III, and Grenville resigned from politics.

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