Arthur Wellesley

1st Duke of Wellington & British Prime Minister Arthur Wellesley

Profession: 1st Duke of Wellington & British Prime Minister

United Kingdom

Biography: Commonly known as the Duke of Wellington, Wellesley was a leading military and political figure of the 19th century. His defeat of Napoleon in 1815 at Waterloo made him a heroic national figure and top military hero in British history.

He was less successful as prime minister, though he did pass the Catholic Relief Act of 1829. He served two terms - between 1828 and 1830, and for one month in 1834.

Born: May 1, 1769
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: September 14, 1852 (aged 83)

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Historical Events

  • 1808-08-21 Battle of Vimeiro: British and Portuguese forces led by General Arthur Wellesley defeat French force under Major-General Jean-Andoche Junot near the village of Vimeiro, Portugal, the first Anglo-Portuguese victory of the Peninsular War.
  • 1810-09-27 Battle of Bussaco: Arthur Wellesley's Anglo-Portuguese Army defeats a larger French force led by Marshal André Masséna with the French suffering 4,500 dead and wounded
  • 1812-01-19 Peninsular War: After a ten day siege, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, orders British soldiers of the Light and third divisions to storm Ciudad Rodrigo

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