William Cavendish, Duke of Devonshire, was the first ‘stop-gap’ Prime Minister, (technically, First Lord of the Treasury) 1756-57, during a political crisis triggered by war with France. Dr Andrew Thompson, of Cambridge University, charts the bridge building, tact and diplomacy that marked Devonshire’s brief premiership.
William Cavendish, Duke of Devonshire is the latest PM biography published on the History of Government Blog.
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