Famous 18th Century British Leaders

Find out more about the greatest 18th Century British Leaders, including George III of the United Kingdom, Benedict Arnold, Thomas Paine, William Wilberforce and Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington.

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 1 Horatio Nelson

Horatio Nelson.
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Famous As: Admiral
Birthdate: September 29, 1758
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Burnham Thorpe
Died: October 21, 1805

Horatio Nelson was a British flag officer whose inspirational leadership brought about several British naval victories, especially during the Napoleonic Wars. Regarded as one of Britain's heroic figures, Horatio Nelson's legacy remains influential and several monuments, including the Nelson Monument and Nelson's Column, have been created in his memory.

 2 John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough.
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Famous As: Military Leader
Birthdate: May 26, 1650
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ash, Musbury
Died: June 16, 1722
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 3 Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington.
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Famous As: Former First Lord of the Treasury of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: May 1, 1769
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: September 14, 1852
Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, served as the British prime minister twice. He also served as the governor of Seringapatam and Mysore, and won the Battle of Assaye. He led the Hundred Days War and along with the Prussian army, won the Battle of Waterloo, defeating Napoleon.

 4 William Wilberforce

William Wilberforce.
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Famous As: Abolitionist
Birthdate: August 24, 1759
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull
Died: July 29, 1833
William Wilberforce, an independent MP from Yorkshire, was a champion for the British anti-slavery movement and made a significant contribution to the passage of the 1807 Slave Trade Act and the 1833 Slavery Abolition Act. He supported missionaries in India, founded the Church Mission Society, and was against animal cruelty.

 5 Robert Peel

Robert Peel.
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Famous As: Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: February 5, 1788
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ramsbottom
Died: July 2, 1850

Statesman Robert Peel had been the prime minister of the U.K twice. He was also a two-time home secretary. He established the Metropolitan Police Service and also introduced the Tamworth Manifesto, thus co-founding the modern Conservative Party. He died of injuries after a horse he was riding fell on him.

 6 Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn
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Famous As: Military officer
Birthdate: November 2, 1767
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Buckingham Palace, England
Died: January 23, 1820

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn was the father of Queen Victoria. His army career took him to Canada and the West Indies, making him the first royal family member to stay in North America. He was also the governor of Gibraltar and played a major role in Canada’s development.

 7 Charles Edward Stuart

Charles Edward Stuart.
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Famous As: Military Leader
Birthdate: December 31, 1720
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Palazzo Muti, Rome
Died: January 31, 1788
Charles Edward Stuart, also known as "The Young Pretender” and “Bonnie Prince Charlie,” was the son of Prince James, and the grandson of James II. He is best remembered for his role in the 1745 Jacobite Uprising, and his subsequent failure, which became the subject of many folk songs.
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 8 Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis

Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis.
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Famous As: Former Governor-General of India
Birthdate: December 31, 1738
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Grosvenor Square, London, United Kingdom
Died: October 5, 1805

 9 William Pitt the Younger

William Pitt the Younger.
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Famous As: Youngest Prime Minister of Britain
Birthdate: May 28, 1759
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hayes, Bromley
Died: January 23, 1806

British statesman, William Pitt the Younger, became the youngest prime minister of Great Britain in 1783 when he was just 24. During his stint as the prime minister, he was also Chancellor of the Exchequer. Several major political events,  including the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, happened during his tenure.  He is ranked highly among all British Prime Ministers.

 10 Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 20, 1784
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England
Died: October 18, 1865

 11 John Graves Simcoe

John Graves Simcoe.
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Famous As: First Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada
Birthdate: February 25, 1752
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cotterstock, Oundle, England
Died: October 26, 1806

 12 Robert Clive

Robert Clive.
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Famous As: British Military Officer
Birthdate: September 25, 1725
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Styche Hall, England
Died: November 22, 1774

 13 Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey

Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey.
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of United Kingdom
Birthdate: March 13, 1764
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fallodon, Northumberland, England
Died: July 17, 1845

 14 William Bligh

William Bligh.
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Famous As: Military Leader
Birthdate: September 9, 1754
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Plymouth, United Kingdom
Died: September 7, 1817

 15 William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham

William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham.
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Famous As: The Great Commoner
Birthdate: November 15, 1708
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Westminster
Died: May 11, 1778

 16 Benedict Arnold

Benedict Arnold.
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Famous As: American Revolutionary War General
Birthdate: January 14, 1741
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Norwich
Died: June 14, 1801

Benedict Arnold was an American military officer who betrayed his country when he joined the British forces in 1780. Because of his betrayal, his name became synonymous with traitory in the United States. His story of betrayal has been depicted in popular culture and he has been portrayed by actors like Owain Yeoman and Ciarán Owens.

 17 William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire

William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 14, 1748
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: July 29, 1811

 18 Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany

Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany.
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Famous As: Duke of York and Albany
Birthdate: August 16, 1763
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: St. James's Palace, London
Died: January 5, 1827

 19 Thomas Gage

Thomas Gage
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Famous As: Military Officer
Birthdate: 1721 AD
Birthplace: Firle, England
Died: April 2, 1787

 20 Spencer Perceval

Spencer Perceval
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: November 1, 1762
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London
Died: May 11, 1812

 21 John Montagu, 4th earl of Sandwich

John Montagu, 4th earl of Sandwich
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: November 13, 1718
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: England
Died: April 30, 1792

 22 Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge

Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge
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Famous As: Marshal
Birthdate: February 24, 1774
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Buckingham Palace, London, England
Died: July 8, 1850

 23 Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald

Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 14, 1775
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died: October 31, 1860

 24 Samuel Chase

Samuel Chase.
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Famous As: Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Birthdate: April 17, 1741
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Somerset County
Died: June 19, 1811

 25 James Wolfe

James Wolfe
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Famous As: Officer
Birthdate: January 2, 1727
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Westerham, United Kingdom
Died: September 13, 1759

 26 Lord North

Lord North.
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Birthdate: April 13, 1732
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Piccadilly
Died: August 5, 1792

 27 Arthur Phillip

Arthur Phillip
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Famous As: Navy officer
Birthdate: October 11, 1738
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cheapside, London, England
Died: August 31, 1814

British admiral Arthur Phillip was a pioneering leader of the colonization of Australia. He established the first permanent European colonial settlement in Australia. He had also served as the first governor of New South Wales but was unable to establish peace. He was part of the Seven Years' War, too.

 28 Prince William, Duke of Cumberland

Prince William, Duke of Cumberland
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Famous As: Military commander
Birthdate: April 26, 1721
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Leicester House, London, England
Died: October 31, 1765

 29 John Jervis, 1st Earl of St Vincent

John Jervis, 1st Earl of St Vincent
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Famous As: Politician, Officer
Birthdate: January 9, 1735
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Meaford Hall, Staffordshire, England
Died: March 14, 1823

 30 Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool

Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 7, 1770
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 4, 1828

 31 John Wilkes

John Wilkes.
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Famous As: English journalist
Birthdate: October 17, 1725
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Clerkenwell, London
Died: December 26, 1797

 32 Isaac Brock

Isaac Brock
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Famous As: Military Officer
Birthdate: October 6, 1769
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: St Peter Port, Guernsey
Died: October 13, 1812

 33 George Canning

George Canning.
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Famous As: Former British Prime Minister
Birthdate: April 11, 1770
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Marylebone
Died: August 8, 1827

 34 William Blackstone

William Blackstone
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Famous As: Jurist
Birthdate: July 10, 1723
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: February 14, 1780

 35 Henry Shrapnel

Henry Shrapnel
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: June 3, 1761
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bradford-on-Avon, England
Died: March 13, 1842

 36 James Thomas Brudenell, 7th earl of Cardigan

James Thomas Brudenell, 7th earl of Cardigan
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Famous As: Military Officer
Birthdate: October 16, 1797
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hambleden, England
Died: March 28, 1868

 37 Richard Wellesley, 1st Marquess Wellesley

Richard Wellesley, 1st Marquess Wellesley
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 20, 1760
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dangan Castle, Ireland
Died: September 26, 1842

 38 Laurence Sterne

Laurence Sterne
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: November 24, 1713
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Clonmel, Ireland
Died: March 18, 1768

 39 William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland

William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 14, 1738
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bulstrode, England
Died: October 30, 1809

 40 Button Gwinnett

Button Gwinnett
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1735 AD
Birthplace: Down Hatherley, Gloucestershire, Great Britain
Died: May 19, 1777

 41 Jeffery Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst

Jeffery Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst
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Famous As: Colonial administrator, Military personnel
Birthdate: January 29, 1717
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sevenoaks
Died: August 3, 1797

 42 Lachlan Macquarie

Lachlan Macquarie
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Famous As: Army officer
Birthdate: January 31, 1762
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ulva, United Kingdom
Died: July 1, 1824

 43 Charles James Napier

Charles James Napier
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Famous As: Military General
Birthdate: August 10, 1782
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Palace of Whitehall, London, England
Died: August 29, 1853

 44 William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield

William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield
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Famous As: Barrister
Birthdate: March 2, 1705
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Scone Palace, Scotland
Died: March 20, 1793

 45 Lord William Bentinck

Lord William Bentinck
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Famous As: Former Governor-General of India
Birthdate: September 14, 1774
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
Died: June 17, 1839

 46 Robert Harley, 1st earl of Oxford

Robert Harley, 1st earl of Oxford
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Famous As: English statesman
Birthdate: December 5, 1661
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 21, 1724

 47 George Grenville

George Grenville
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 14, 1712
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Westminster
Died: November 13, 1770

 48 William Whipple

William Whipple
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Famous As: Politician, Officer
Birthdate: January 14, 1730
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kittery, Maine
Died: November 28, 1785

 49 Thomas Hutchinson

Thomas Hutchinson
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: September 9, 1711
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: British America
Died: June 3, 1780

 50 Simon Fraser, 11th Lord Lovat

Simon Fraser, 11th Lord Lovat
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Famous As: Military Leader
Birthdate: January 5, 1667
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: England
Died: April 9, 1747