Full Name: William Petty [William Fitzmaurice, 2nd Earl of Shelburne]
Profession: British Prime Minister
Why Famous: Petty rose to prominence by siding with William Pitt the Elder and became one of his Secretaries of State Petty, Both Petty and Pitt preferred cooperation over conflict in the American colonies.
Petty became Prime Minister in 1782 after the death of Rockingham and though only held office for 8 months oversaw The Treaty of Paris, giving the American colonies their independence.
Petty's personality was abrasive and his unpopularity among colleagues led to his resignation in 1783
- 1782-07-04 William Petty becomes Prime Minister of Great Britain following the death of Charles Watson-Wentworth
- 1783-04-02 William Cavendish-Bentinck becomes Prime Minister of Great Britain after an opposition coalition of Henry Fox and Frederick North forces William Petty to resign