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Henry Bilson-Legge (29 May 1708 - 23 August 1764) was an English statesman. May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... Events March 23 - James Francis Edward Stuart lands at the Firth of Forth September 28 - Peter the Great defeats the Swedes at the Battle of Lesnaya Kandahar conquered by Mir Wais In Masuria one third of the population die during the plague J.S. Bach appointed as chamber musician and... August 23 is the 235th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (236th in leap years), with 130 days remaining. ... 1764 was a leap year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Religion... The term statesman is a respectful term used to refer to diplomats, politicians, and other notable figures of state. ...


Fourth son of William Legge, 1st Earl of Dartmouth (1672-1750), he was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, and became private secretary to Sir Robert Walpole. In 1739 was appointed secretary of Ireland by the lord-lieutenant, William Cavendish, 3rd Duke of Devonshire; being chosen member of parliament for the borough of East Looe in 1740, and for Orford, Suffolk, at the general election in the succeeding year. William Legge, 1st Earl of Dartmouth (1672-1750), only son of George Legge, 1st Baron Dartmouth, succeeded to his fathers barony in 1691. ... Christ Church, Oxford - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ... Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford PC,KBE (26 August 1676–18 March 1745), normally known as Sir Robert Walpole, is generally regarded as having been the first Prime Minister of Great Britain. ... Categories: Stub | Lords Privy Seal | Peers | Knights of the Garter | 1698 births | 1755 deaths ... Looe: showing the bridge linking the East and West parts of the town. ... Orford can refer to: Orford, Warrington, United Kingdom Orford, Suffolk, United Kingdom Orford, Tasmania, Australia Orford castle This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... This article is about the English county. ...


Legge only shared temporarily in the downfall of Walpole, and became in quick succession surveyor-general of woods and forests, a lord of the admiralty, and a lord of the treasury. In 1748 he was sent as envoy extraordinary to Frederick the Great, and although his conduct in Berlin was sharply censured by George II, he became Treasurer of the Navy soon after his return to England. In April 1754 he joined the ministry of the duke of Newcastle as chancellor of the Exchequer, the king consenting to this appointment although refusing to hold any intercourse with the minister; but Legge shared the elder Pitt's dislike of the policy of paying subsidies to the landgrave of Hesse, and was dismissed from office in November 1755. Events April 24 - A congress assembles at Aix-la-Chapelle with the intent to conclude the struggle known as the War of Austrian Succession - at October 18 - The Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle is signed to end the war Adam Smith begins to deliver public lectures in Edinburgh Building of... Frederick the Great Frederick II of Prussia (Friedrich der Große, Frederick the Great, January 24, 1712 – August 17, 1786) was the Hohenzollern king of Prussia 1740–86. ... Several notable men were named George II. These include: George II of Great Britain (October 30, 1683–October 25, 1760) George II of Greece (July 19, 1890–April 1, 1947) George II of Württemberg-Mömpelgard (1626–1699) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that... A notable office in British government between the 16th and early 19th centuries, the Treasurer of the Navy was responsible for the financial maintenance of the Royal Navy. ... Duke of Newcastle is a title which has been created several times in the peerages of England and Great Britain. ... The Right Honourable Gordon Brown, PC, MP, current Chancellor of the Exchequer The Chancellor of the Exchequer is the ancient title held by the British cabinet minister whose responsibilities are akin to the posts of Minister for Finance or Secretary of the Treasury in other jurisdictions. ...


Twelve months later he returned to his post at the exchequer in the administration of Pitt and the 4th Duke of Devonshire, retaining office until April 1757 when he shared both the dismissal and the ensuing popularity of Pitt. When, in conjunction with the duke of Newcastle, Pitt returned to power in the following July, Legge became chancellor of the exchequer for the third time. He imposed new taxes upon houses and windows, and he appears to have lost to some extent the friendship of Pitt, while the king refused to make him a peer. 1757 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ...


In 1759 he obtained the sinecure position of surveyor of the petty customs and subsidies in the port of London, and having in consequence to resign his seat in parliament he was chosen one of the members for Hampshire, a proceeding which greatly incensed the earl of Bute, who desired this seat for one of his friends. Having thus incurred Bute's displeasure Legge was again dismissed from the exchequer in March 1761, but he continued to take part in parliamentary debates until his death at Tunbridge Wells in 1764. London is the capital city of the United Kingdom and of England. ... Hampshire is a county on the south coast of England. ... The title of Marquess of Bute was created in the Peerage of Great Britain in 1796 for the 4th Earl of Bute (in the Peerage of Scotland). ... Tunbridge Wells (officially Royal Tunbridge Wells) is a Wealden town in west Kent in England, just north of the border with East Sussex. ...


Legge appears to have been a capable financier, but the position of chancellor of the exchequer was not at that time a cabinet office. He took the additional name of Bilson on succeeding to the estates of a relative, Thomas Bettersworth Bilson, in 1754. Pitt called Legge, the child, and deservedly the favorite child, of the Whigs. Horace Walpole said he was of a creeping, underhand nature, and aspired to the lions place by the maneuvre of the mole, but afterwards he spoke in high terms of his talents. Legge married Mary, daughter and heiress of Edward, 4th and last Baron Stawel (d. 1755). This lady, who in 1760 was created Baroness Stawel of Somerton, bore him an only child, Henry Stawel Bilson-Legge (17571820), who became Baron Stawel on his mothers death ill 1780. When Stawel died without sons his title became extinct. His only daughter, Mary (d. 1864), married John Dutton, 2nd Baron Sherborne. Horatio Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford, more commonly known as Horace Walpole, (September 24, 1717-March 2, 1797), was a politician, writer and forerunner of the Gothic revival. ...



Preceded by:
Thomas Townshend
Chief Secretary for Ireland
1739–1741
Succeeded by:
Viscount Duncannon
Preceded by:
George Dodington
Treasurer of the Navy
1749–1754
Succeeded by:
George Grenville
Preceded by:
Sir William Lee
Chancellor of the Exchequer
1754–1755
Succeeded by:
Sir George Lyttelton
Preceded by:
Sir George Lyttelton
Chancellor of the Exchequer
1756–1757
Succeeded by:
The Lord Mansfield
Preceded by:
The Lord Mansfield
Chancellor of the Exchequer
1757–1761
Succeeded by:
The Viscount Barrington


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References

See John Butier, bishop of Hereford, Some Account of the Character of the late Rt. Hon. H. Bilson-Legge (1765); Horace Walpole, Mcmo~rs of the Reign of George II (London, 1847); and Memon-s of the ReIgn of George III, edited by G. F. R. Barker (London, 1894); W. E. H. Lecky, History of England, vol. ii. (London, 1892); and the memoirs and collections of correspondence of the time.


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Henry Bilson Legge - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (572 words)
In 1739 was appointed secretary of Ireland by the lord-lieutenant, William Cavendish, 3rd Duke of Devonshire; being chosen member of parliament for the borough of East Looe in 1740, and for Orford, Suffolk, at the general election in the succeeding year.
Legge only shared temporarily in the downfall of Walpole, and became in quick succession surveyor-general of woods and forests, a lord of the admiralty, and a lord of the treasury.
Legge appears to have been a capable financier, but the position of chancellor of the exchequer was not at that time a cabinet office.
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