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Thomas Grenville 
PC


In office
1806 – 1806
Monarch George III
Prime Minister The Lord Grenville
Preceded by The Lord Minto
Succeeded by George Tierney

In office
1806 – 1807
Monarch George III
Prime Minister The Lord Grenville
Preceded by Viscount Howick
Succeeded by The Lord Mulgrave

Born 31 December 1755 (1755-12-31)
Died 17 December 1846 (1846-12-18)
Piccadilly, London
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Unmarried

Thomas Grenville PC (31 December 1755 – 17 December 1846) was a British politician and bibliophile.

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Background and education

Grenville was the second son of Prime Minister George Grenville and Elizabeth, daughter of Sir William Wyndham, 3rd Baronet. George Nugent-Temple-Grenville, 1st Marquess of Buckingham, was his elder brother and William Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville, his younger brother. He was educated at Eton.

Career

In 1778, he was commissioned ensign in the Coldstream Guards and in 1779 promoted a lieutenant in the 80th Regiment of Foot, but resigned his commission in 1780. He was, with one interval, a member of parliament from 1780 to 1810, and for a few months during 1806 and 1807 President of the Board of Control (1806) and then First Lord of the Admiralty (1806-1807), but is perhaps more famous as a book-collector than as a statesman; he bequeathed his large and valuable library to the British Museum. In 1798, he was sworn of the Privy Council.

Personal life

Grenville died at Piccadilly, London, in December 1846, aged 90. He never married.

Styles from birth to death

  • Mr. Thomas Grenville (1755-1779)
  • Mr. Thomas Grenville, MP (1779-1784)
  • Mr. Thomas Grenville (1784-1790)
  • Mr. Thomas Grenville, MP (1790-1798)
  • The Rt. Hon. Thomas Grenville, MP (1798-1810)
  • The Rt. Hon. Thomas Grenville (1810-1813)
  • The Rt. Hon. Thomas Grenville, MP (1813-1818)
  • The Rt. Hon. Thomas Grenville (1818-1846)

External links

References

  • British Historical Facts 1760-1830, by Chris Cook and John Stevenson (The Macmillan Press 1980)
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
The Earl Verney
George Grenville
Member of Parliament for Buckinghamshire
1779 – 1784
With: The Earl Verney
Succeeded by
Sir John Aubrey, 6th Bt
William Grenville
Preceded by
William Champion Crespigny
Samuel Salt
Member of Parliament for Aldeburgh
17901796
With: Lord Grey of Groby
Succeeded by
Sir John Aubrey, 6th Bt
Michael Angelo Taylor
Preceded by
George Nugent
The Lord Bridport
Member of Parliament for Buckingham
17961801
With: George Nugent
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for Buckingham
1801 – 1810
With: George Nugent 1801–1802
Lord William Proby 1802–1804
Lord Carysfort 1805–1806
Earl Percy 1806
Sir William Young, 2nd Bt 1806–1807
Sir John Borlase Warren, 1st Bt 1807
Richard Griffin 1807–1810
Succeeded by
Richard Griffin
Lord George Grenville
Preceded by
Earl Temple
William Selby Lowndes
Member of Parliament for Buckinghamshire
1813 – 1818
With: William Selby Lowndes
Succeeded by
William Selby Lowndes
Earl Temple
Diplomatic posts
Vacant
Title last held by
The Viscount Stormont
British Minister to France
1782
Succeeded by
Alleyne Fitzherbert
Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Minto
President of the Board of Control
1806
Succeeded by
George Tierney
Preceded by
Viscount Howick
First Lord of the Admiralty
1806 – 1807
Succeeded by
The Lord Mulgrave
Legal offices
Preceded by
The Viscount Sydney
Justice in Eyre
south of the Trent

1800 – 1846
Succeeded by
Office Abolished
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