William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne

1737 - 1805

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William Petty Fitzmaurice, 1st Marquess of Lansdowne, (2 May 1737 – 7 May 1805; known as The Earl of Shelburne between 1761 and 1784, by which title he is generally known to history), was an Irish-born British Whig statesman who was the first Home Secretary in 1782 and then Prime Minister in 1782–83 during the final months of the American War of Independence. He succeeded in securing peace with America and this feat remains his most notable legacy.Lord Shelburne was born in Dublin and spent his formative years in Ireland. After attending Oxford University he served in the British army during the Seven Years' War. As a reward for his conduct at the Battle of Kloster Kampen, Shelburne was appointed an aide-de-camp to George III. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne has received more than 326,515 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne is the 8,917th most popular politician (down from 8,653rd in 2019), the 102nd most popular biography from Ireland (down from 100th in 2019) and the 18th most popular Irish Politician.

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Among politicians, William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne ranks 8,917 out of 15,710Before him are Princess Frederica Wilhelmina of Prussia, Adur Narseh, Hugo von Pohl, François de Charette, Glaucias of Taulantii, and Alan IV, Duke of Brittany. After him are Maria Dobroniega of Kiev, Patrick Henry, He Long, Domenico Selvo, Eleanor of Naples, Duchess of Ferrara, and Paolo Renier.

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Among people born in 1737, William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne ranks 22Before him are George Macartney, 1st Earl Macartney, Maria Caterina Brignole, Louis-Bernard Guyton de Morveau, Morten Thrane Brünnich, Princess Augusta of Great Britain, and Antoine Bruni d'Entrecasteaux. After him are Ernest Augustus II, Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Alexander Dalrymple, Vasily Bazhenov, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, Francis Hopkinson, and Charles Hutton. Among people deceased in 1805, William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne ranks 19Before him are Mihrişah Sultan, William Paley, Josephus Nicolaus Laurenti, Conrad Moench, Pehr Osbeck, and Nicolas-Jacques Conté. After him are John Robison, Manuel Maria Barbosa du Bocage, Thomas Wedgwood, Mihály Csokonai, Prince William Henry, Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh, and Franz Xaver von Wulfen.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne ranks 102 out of 460Before him are Roger Casement (1864), Andrew Cunningham, 1st Viscount Cunningham of Hyndhope (1883), Patrick Pearse (1879), Nicholas Aylward Vigors (1785), Jim Sheridan (1949), and William Brown (1777). After him are Fionnula Flanagan (1941), William Howard Russell (1820), Kevin of Glendalough (498), Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751), John Millington Synge (1871), and Douglas Hyde (1860).

Among POLITICIANS In Ireland

Among politicians born in Ireland, William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne ranks 18Before him are Eystein II of Norway (1125), Mary Robinson (1944), Bertie Ahern (1951), Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh (1769), Grace O'Malley (1530), and Nicholas Aylward Vigors (1785). After him are Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751), Douglas Hyde (1860), Constantine III of Scotland (971), Edward Bruce (1275), Charles Stewart Parnell (1846), and Daniel O'Connell (1775).