Profession: British Prime Minister
Why Famous: Perceval served as British Prime Minister from 1809 until his assassination in 1812; he is to date the only British PM to have been murdered. Prior to serving in this position he was the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
He served at the head of a politically weak government, and had to deal with a number of crises in his brief term. These included the increasing madness of King George III, an inquiry into the failed 1809 Walcheren Campaign and Luddite riots.
Perceval's time in office was cut short when he was assassinated in the lobby of the House of Commons by a merchant, John Bellingham, who had a grievance against the government.
- 1809-10-04 Spencer Perceval becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after William Cavendish-Bentinck, Duke of Portland retires due to ill health
- 1812-05-11 British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons, London. Ironically, descendants of both later stand for the same seat in Parliament at the same time but neither win.
- 1812-05-18 John Bellingham, a Liverpool merchant who assassinated British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval on May 11, is hung for the crime at the Old Bailey in London
- 1812-06-08 Robert Jenkinson becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after Spencer Perceval's assassination