George Canning

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The Right Honourable
George Canning
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
In office
10 April 1827 – 8 August 1827
Monarch George IV
Preceded by The Earl of Liverpool
Succeeded by The Viscount Goderich
Chancellor of the Exchequer
In office
31 January 1823 – 20 April 1827
Monarch George IV
Preceded by Frederick John Robinson
Succeeded by Charles Abbott
Personal details
Born 11 April 1770(1770-04-11)
Marylebone, London
Died 8 August 1827(1827-08-08) (aged 57)
Chiswick, Middlesex
Political party Tory
Spouse(s) Joan Canning, 1st Viscountess Canning
Children 4
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford

George Canning PC, FRS (11 April 1770 – 8 August 1827) was a British statesman and politician who served as Foreign Secretary and, briefly, Prime Minister.

Entry into politics[change | change source]

Stratford Canning was a Whig and would introduce his nephew in the 1780s to prominent Whigs such as Charles James Fox, Edmund Burke, and Richard Brinsley Sheridan. George Canning's friendship with Sheridan would last for the remainder of Sheridan's life.