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Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham
|10th Prime Minister of Great Britain
Augustus Henry Fitzroy, 3rd Duke of Grafton
William Pitt 'the Elder', 'the great commoner' 
William Pitt was born on 15 November 1708 at Westminster in London, England, which had united with Scotland the year before to form Great Britain.
William had siblings:
William attended Eton from 1719 until 1726, where he became friends with George Lyttelton, the nephew of Richard Temple Viscount Cobham, then entered Trinity College, Oxford before studying in Utrecht.
George Lyttelton introduced William to his uncle Richard and William gained a commission in Temple's regiment. Pitt was elected to the family pocket borough of Old Sarum in 1735, joining George and Richard Grenville, Viscount Cobham's nephews known as "Cobham's cubs" in opposition to Walpole, then leader of the government. William was elected Seaford in 1747 and then Aldborough in 1754.
William and Hester had five children:
William became known as "the elder".
William Pitt 'the Elder', first Earl of Chatham died on 11 May 1778 at Hayes, Kent. Voted a state funeral by the Commons, William's funeral was held in Westminster Abbey at public expense, which the Lords refused to attend.
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