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The Initial Ministry

For the first several days of the ministry, Lord Temple held both the secretaryships of state.

First Lord of the Treasury
Chancellor of the Exchequer
William Pitt the Younger 1783–1801
Lord Chancellor The Lord Thurlow 1783–1792
Lord President of the Council The Earl Gower 1783–1784
Lord Privy Seal The Duke of Rutland 1783–1784
Foreign Secretary The Marquess of Carmarthen 1783–1791
Home Secretary The Lord Sydney 1783–1789
First Lord of the Admiralty The Viscount Howe 1783–1788
Master-General of the Ordnance The Duke of Richmond 1783–1795


  • March, 1784 - The Duke of Rutland becomes Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, remaining also Lord Privy Seal.
  • December, 1784 - Lord Gower (Lord Stafford from 1786) succeeds the Duke of Rutland as Lord Privy Seal (Rutland remains Viceroy of Ireland). Lord Camden succeeds Gower as Lord President.
  • November, 1787 - Lord Buckingham succeeds the Duke of Rutland as Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland
  • July, 1788 - Lord Chatham, Pitt's elder brother, succeeds Lord Howe as First Lord of the Admiralty
  • June, 1789 - William Wyndham Grenville (Lord Grenville from 1790), succeeds Lord Sydney as Home Secretary.
  • October, 1789 - Lord Westmorland succeeds Lord Buckingham as Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland
  • June, 1791 - Lord Grenville succeeds the Duke of Leeds (Lord Carmarthen before 1789) as Foreign Secretary. Henry Dundas succeeds Grenville as Home Secretary. Lord Hawkesbury (from 1796 the Earl of Liverpool), the President of the Board of Trade, joins the Cabinet.
  • June, 1792 - Lord Thurlow resigns as Lord Chancellor. The Great Seal goes into commission.
  • January, 1793 - Lord Loughborough becomes Lord Chancellor
  • July, 1794 - Lord Fitzwilliam succeeds Lord Camden as Lord President. Henry Dundas takes the new Secretaryship of State for War, while the Duke of Portland succeeds Dundas as Home Secretary. Lord Spencer succeeds Stafford as Lord Privy Seal. William Windham enters the Cabinet as Secretary at War.
  • December, 1794 - Lord Chatham succeeds Spencer as Lord Privy Seal. Lord Spencer succeeds Chatham as First Lord of the Admiralty. Lord Fitzwilliam succeeds Lord Westmorland as Viceroy of Ireland. Lord Mansfield succeeds Fitzwilliam as Lord President.
  • February, 1795 - Lord Cornwallis succeeds the Duke of Richmond as Master-General of the Ordnance.
  • March, 1795 - Lord Camden succeeds Lord Fitzwilliam as Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland.
  • September, 1796 - Lord Chatham succeeds Lord Mansfield as Lord President, remaining also Lord Privy Seal.
  • February, 1798 - Lord Westmorland succeeds Lord Chatham as Lord Privy Seal. Chatham remains Lord President.
  • June, 1798 - Lord Cornwallis succeeds Lord Camden as Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, remaining also Master-General of the Ordnance.
  • February, 1801 - Lord Grenville, Lord Spencer, and William Windham resign from the Cabinet. The first two are succeeded by Lord Hawkesbury and Lord St Vincent, while Windham's successor is not in cabinet.


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