Profession: British Prime Minister
Why Famous: British Whig statesman who served continuously in government from 1715 until his death.
Compton served as the Prime Minister from 1742 until his death in 1743.
He is considered to have been Britain's second Prime Minister, after Robert Walpole, although he was largely a figurehead, with real power exercised by the Secretary of State, Lord Carteret.
- 1742-02-16 Spencer Compton becomes Prime Minister of Great Britain (First Lord of the Treasury)