George Canning becomes Prime Minister (93 words)

Historical Context Note

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George Canning was a Tory politician who was famous for his brilliant oratory and ability to inspire both great admiration and dislike. He had been a loyal supporter of Pitt the Younger during his early career, resigning his post as Paymaster General when Pitt stepped down as Prime Minister in 1801. He developed a reputation as a liberal through his support for Catholic Emancipation, though he did not favour Parliamentary reform. He holds the unfortunate record as the shortest-serving Prime Minister, as he died suddenly from pneumonia, after little over five months in office.

Editors. "George Canning becomes Prime Minister". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 August 2013
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  1. Prime Ministers in Britain