William Windham

(1750—1810) politician

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Statesman. Educated at Eton and University College, Oxford, Windham was a close friend of Edmund Burke and Dr Johnson, being a pall‐bearer at the latter's funeral. In 1784 he became MP for Norwich and was one of the members charged with the impeachment of Warren Hastings. He was secretary for war in the Pitt administration of 1794 to 1801 with a seat in the cabinet. Windham opposed the peace of 1802, an unpopular view at the time which cost him his Norwich seat. He returned to government at the War and Colonial Office in Grenville's ‘Ministry of All the Talents’ (1806–7). Windham died of a tumour in 1810. His diary was published in 1866.

Subjects: British History.

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