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||Robert Walpole KG KB was a member of aristocracy in the British Isles.|
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|1st Prime Minister of Great Britain
April 1721 - February 1742
Spencer Compton, 1st Earl of Wilmington
Robert Walpole was born on 26 August 1676 at Houghton in Norfolk, England.
Robert's parents were Robert Walpole, a Norfolk landowner and Member of Parliament (MP) for Castle Rising, Norfolk, and his wife, Mary, the only daughter and heir of Sir Geoffrey Burwell of Rougham, Suffolk, knight.
Robert, the fifth child and third son, had 18 siblings:
Education Robert attended Eton from 1690, become a King's Scholar, then entered King’s College, Cambridge in April 1696. He left university without matriculating in 1698, when his eldest brother died, and he became the heir to his family's estates.
Marriage and Children On 30 July 1700, Robert married Catherine Shorter, the eldest daughter of John Shorter, a Baltic merchant, of Bybrook, Kent, esq, and his wife, Lady Elizabeth Philips.
Robert and Catherine had children:
Catherine, Lady Walpole, wife of Sir Robert Walpole, Viscount Walpole and Baron Houghton, died on 20 August, 1737, was buried in Houghton, Norfolk, and her son Horace had a memorial erected in the south aisle of Henry VII's chapel in Westminster Abbey.
Before 3 March 1738, Robert married his second wife, Maria, the daughter of Thomas Skerrett, with whom he had an 'irregular connection' while his first wife Catherine was still alive. Maria died the following year on 4 June from a miscarriage.
Robert and Maria had two illegitimate daughters:
Political Career Robert's father, a Whig supporter of the 'Glorious Revolution' and a constitutional monarchy for Britain, died in November 1700, and the following year Robert took his place as MP for Castle Rising. In 1702 Robert was elected MP for King's Lynn, Norfolk, and he retained this seat until February 1742, apart from a short interval in 1712, A Tory government was elected in 1710 and Walpole was found guilty of corruption and imprison in the Tower of London in 1712. Robert, 'a political moderate and an efficient administrator' was First Lord and Chancellor from April 1721 until February 1742 and is traditionally regarded as the first Prime Minister.
Robert resided at 10 Downing Street from 1735, which he refused to take as a personal gift, insisting that it become the residence of the First Lord of the Treasury.
Titles Robert was made a Knight of the Bath on 27 May 1725, and a Knight of the Garter on 26 May 1726.
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