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English William PITT THE ELDER

born William PITT

Prime Minister of Great Britain

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on November 15, 1708 in London, England
Died: on May 11, 1778 in Kent, England


Pitt was the grandson of Thomas Pitt (1653–1726), the governor of Madras known as "Diamond" Pitt because he had discovered and sold a diamond of extraordinary size to the Duke of Orléans for around £135,000. This transaction, as well as other trading deals in India, established the Pitt family fortune. After returning home the Governor was able to raise his family to a position of wealth and political influence which he acquired in 1691 by purchasing the property of Boconnoc in Cornwall which gave him control of a seat in parliament. He made further purchases and became one of the dominant political figures in the West Country controlling seats such as the rotten borough of Old Sarum.

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