Profession: British Prime Minister
Why Famous: Henry Pelham, regarded as Britain's third Prime Minister succeeded Spencer Compton upon his death in 1743.
A Whig politician, Pelham entered office and rose though the ranks through the patronage of his brother Thomas Pelham-Holles, Duke of Newcastle and through his allegiance to Robert Walpole.
During his time as leader Pelham became known for his management and administrative skills, he was able to balance the varies factions in parliament an reduce government spending.
Upon his death in office in 1754 he was succeeded by his brother.
- 1724-04-01 Henry Pelham becomes English minister of War
- 1743-02-14 Henry Pelham becomes Britain's First Lord of Treasury
- 1746-02-10 The Pelham brothers resign from the British government, but resume office when King George II backs down.
- 1754-03-18 Thomas Pelham-Holles becomes British Prime Minister on the death of his brother Henry Pelham