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  1. George Canning FRS (11 April 1770 – 8 August 1827) was a British Tory statesman. He held various senior cabinet positions under numerous prime ministers, including two important terms as Foreign Secretary, finally becoming Prime Minister of the United Kingdom for the last 119 days of his life, from April to August 1827.

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  2. Oct 27, 2022 · George Canning, (born April 11, 1770, London, Eng.—died Aug. 8, 1827, Chiswick, near London), British statesman known for his liberal policies as foreign secretary (1807–09, 1822–27) and as prime minister for four months during 1827. Early life and career

  3. 11 April 1770, Marylebone, London Died 8 August 1827, Chiswick House, Middlesex Dates in office 1827 to 1827 Political party Tory Biography George Canning was an enthusiastic follower of Pitt the...

  4. George Canning, (born April 11, 1770, London, Eng.—died Aug. 8, 1827, Chiswick, near London), British politician. As a young man, he came under the influence of William Pitt, who helped him win a seat in Parliament (1793) and a post as undersecretary for foreign affairs (1796–99).

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    • George Canning's Government, April 1827-August 1827
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    Stratford Canning was a Whig and would introduce his nephew, in the 1780s, to prominent Whigs such as Charles James Fox, Edmund Burke, and Richard Brinsley Sheridan. George Canning's friendship with Sheridan would last for the remainder of Sheridan's life. George Canning's impoverished background and limited financial resources, however, made unlik...

    On November 2, 1795, Canning received his first ministerial post: Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs. In this post he proved a strong supporter of Pitt, often taking his side in disputes with the Foreign Secretary Lord Grenville. He resigned this post on April 1, 1799. In 1799, Canning became a commissioner of the Board of Control, follow...

    In 1809, Canning entered into a series of disputes within the government that were to become famous. He argued with the Secretary of State for War and the Colonies, Lord Castlereagh, over the deployment of troops that Canning had promised would be sent to Portugal, but which Castlereagh sent to the Netherlands. The government became increasingly pa...

    Upon Perceval's assassination in 1812, the new Prime Minister, Lord Liverpool offered Canning the position of Foreign Secretary once more. Canning refused, as he also wished to be Leader of the House of Commons and was reluctant to serve in any government with Castlereagh. In 1814, he became the British Ambassador to Portugal, returning the followi...

    In 1822, Castlereagh, now Marquess of Londonderry, committed suicide. Canning succeeded him as both Foreign Secretary and Leader of the House of Commons. In his second term of office he sought to prevent South America from coming into the French sphere of influence and in this he was successful. He also gave support to the growing campaign for the ...

    Liverpool retired as Prime Minister in 1827, and Canning was chosen to succeed him, in preference to both the Duke of Wellington and Sir Robert Peel. Neither man agreed to serve under Canning and they were followed by five other members of Liverpool's Cabinet as well as forty junior members of the government. The Tory Party was now heavily split be...

    Canning has come to be regarded as a "lost leader," with much speculation about what his legacy could have been had he lived. His government of Tories and Whigs continued for a few months under Lord Goderich but fell apart in early 1828. It was succeeded by a government under the Duke of Wellington, which initially included some Canningites but soo...

    George Canning—First Lord of the Treasury, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Leader of the House of Commons
    Lord Lyndhurst—Lord Chancellor
    Lord Harrowby—Lord President of the Council
    The Duke of Portland—Lord Privy Seal
    Deane, Ciaran. The Guinness Book of Irish Facts & Feats. Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Pub, 1994. ISBN 9780851127934
    Dixon, Peter. Canning, Politician and Statesman. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1976. ISBN 9780297770619
    Hunt, Giles. Mehitabel Canning A Redoubtable Woman. Royston, Herts: Rooster, 2001. ISBN 9781871510201
  5. May 18, 2018 · Canning, George (1770–1827). Prime minister. The most brilliant of the disciples of the younger Pitt, Canning was distrusted for much of his career as an intriguer. He also suffered from the fact that his father had died in penury and that his mother had been an actress. Rescued by a wealthy uncle, Canning was educated at Eton and Oxford.

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