George Canning

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George Canning
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
In office
10 April 1827 – 8 August 1827
MonarchGeorge IV
Preceded byThe Earl of Liverpool
Succeeded byThe Viscount Goderich
Chancellor of the Exchequer
In office
31 January 1823 – 20 April 1827
MonarchGeorge IV
Preceded byFrederick John Robinson
Succeeded byCharles Abbott
Personal details
Born(1770-04-11)11 April 1770
Marylebone, London
Died8 August 1827(1827-08-08) (aged 57)
Chiswick, Middlesex
Political partyTory
Spouse(s)Joan Canning, 1st Viscountess Canning
Alma materChrist Church, Oxford

George Canning PC, FRS (11 April 1770 – 8 August 1827) was a British statesman and politician who was 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.