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People/Characters: William Wyndham Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville

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Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution by Simon Schama
The Disappearing Dowry by Libi Astaire
Phantom Terror: Political Paranoia and the Creation of the Modern State, 1789-1848 by Adam Zamoyski

Character description

William Wyndham Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville, PC, PC (Ire), FRS (25 October 1759 – 12 January 1834) was a British Whig statesman. He was closely allied with his cousin, William Pitt the Younger, and later with Charles James Fox. He and William Pitt resigned in 1801 due primarily to the king's refusal to allow Catholics to sit in Parliament. He served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1806 to 1807 as head of the Ministry of All the Talents. Grenville also served as Chancellor of the University of Oxford from 1810 until his death in 1834.

On his first day in occupation of his home Dropmore house, he planted two cedar trees. By the time Grenville died, his pinetum contained the biggest collection of conifer species in Britain. It is under restorarion and contains about 200 species.

Lord Grenville married the Honourable Anne, daughter of Thomas Pitt, 1st Baron Camelford, in 1792. The marriage was childless. He died in January 1834, aged 74, when the barony became extinct. Lady Grenville died in June 1863.

William Wyndham Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville in Wikipedia

In Libi Astaire's Ezra Melamed mysteriex, he is given a fictitious ne'er-do-well son, Percy. He is also portrayed as being sympathetic to the Jews.

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