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William Dowdeswell (1721 - February 6, 1775) was an English politician.


A son of William Dowdeswell of Pull Court, Bushley, Worcestershire, he was educated at Westminster School, at Christ Church College, Oxford, then at the University of Leiden. He became member of parliament for the family borough of Tewkesbury in 1747, retaining this seat until 1754, and from 1761 until his death he was one of the representatives of Worcestershire. Becoming prominent among the Whigs, Dowdeswell was made Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1765 under the Marquess of Rockingham, and his short tenure of this position appears to have been a successful one, he being in Lecky's words a good financier, but nothing more.


To general astonishment, he refused to abandon his friends and to take office under Chatham, who succeeded Rockingham in August 1766. Dowdeswell then led the Rockingham party in the House of Commons, taking an active part in debate until his death at Nice. The highly eulogistic epitaph on his monument at Bushley was written by Edmund Burke.


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Preceded by:
George Grenville
Chancellor of the Exchequer
1765–1766
Followed by:
Charles Townshend

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William Dowdeswell - LoveToKnow 1911 (115 words)
WILLIAM DOWDESWELL (1721-1775), English politician, was a son of William Dowdeswell of Pull Court, Bushley, Worcestershire, and was educated at Westminster school, at Christ Church, Oxford, and at the university of Leiden.
He became member of parliament for the family borough of Tewkesbury in 1747, retaining this seat until 1754, and from 1761 until his death he was one of the representatives of Worcestershire.
Dowdeswell then led the Rockingham party in the House of Commons, taking an active part in debate until his death at Nice on the 6th of February 1775.
William Dowdeswell Papers (277 words)
William Dowdeswell, strategist for the Rockingham Whigs, entered Parliament as a Tory for Worcestershire in 1761 and held that seat, uncontested, until his death.
Dowdeswell was appointed chancellor of the exchequer in the first Rockingham ministry and, although not a regular member of the cabinet, was frequently consulted on American affairs.
Dowdeswell refused to hold office in the Chatham administration, choosing instead to join the Rockingham group.
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