Spencer Compton, 1st Earl of Wilmington

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The Earl of Wilmington
Prime Minister of Great Britain
In office
16 February 1742 – 2 July 1743
Preceded by Robert Walpole
Succeeded by Henry Pelham
Personal details
Born c. 1674
Compton Wynyates, Warwickshire
Died July 2, 1743 (age 70)
St James' Square, London
Political party n/a (Whig)

Spencer Compton, 1st Earl of Wilmington, KG, KB, PC (1674–2 July 1743) was a British Whig statesman and Prime Minister of Great Britain. He served in government from 1715 until his death. Wilmington served as the head of government from 1742 until his death in 1743, but was a leader in name only. Wilmington did not actually run the country. The true leader of the government was Lord Carteret, the Secretary of State for the Northern Department.

Styles from birth to death[change | edit source]

  • The Hon. Spencer Compton (1674-1698)
  • The Hon. Spencer Compton, MP (1698-1710)
  • The Hon. Spencer Compton (1710-1713)
  • The Hon. Spencer Compton, MP (1713-1716)
  • The Rt. Hon. Spencer Compton, MP (1716-1725)
  • The Rt. Hon. Sir Spencer Compton, KB, MP (1725-1728)
  • The Rt. Hon. The Lord Wilmington, KB, PC (1728-1730)
  • The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Wilmington, KB, PC (1730-1733)
  • The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Wilmington, KG, KB, PC (1733-1743)