William Dowdeswell

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William Dowdeswell (b. 1721 - d. Nice (+) 6 February 1775) was a whig MP for Worcestershire from 1761 to 1775

[edit] Background and education

A son of William Dowdeswell of Pull Court, Bushley, Worcestershire, he was educated at Westminster School, at Christ Church, Oxford, then at the University of Leiden. He became member of Parliament for the family borough of Tewkesbury in 1747, retaining this seat until 1754, and from 1761 until his death he was one of the two MPs representating Worcestershire. Becoming prominent among the Whigs, Dowdeswell was made Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1765 under the Marquess of Rockingham, and his short tenure of this position appears to have been a successful one, he being in Lecky's words a good financier, but nothing more.

To general astonishment, he refused to abandon his friends and to take office under Chatham, who succeeded Rockingham in August 1766. Dowdeswell then led the Rockingham party in the House of Commons, taking an active part in debate until his death at Nice. The highly eulogistic epitaph on his monument at Bushley was written by Edmund Burke.

[edit] References

  • (+) Jeremy Black, "The British and the Grand Tour", (1985), p128
Parliament of England
Preceded by:
The Viscount Gage
John Martin
Member of Parliament for Tewkesbury
with The Viscount Gage
Succeeded by:
Nicholson Calvert
John Martin
Preceded by:
John Bulkeley Coventry
Edmund Pytts
Member of Parliament for Worcestershire
with John Ward 1761?1774
Edward Foley 1774?1775
Succeeded by:
Edward Foley
William Lygon
Political Offices
Preceded by:
George Grenville
Chancellor of the Exchequer Succeeded by:
Charles Townshend
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