| Share
 

Henry Pelham

Pelham, Henry (pĕlˈəm) [key], 1696–1754, British statesman; brother of Thomas Pelham-Holles, duke of Newcastle. He entered Parliament in 1717 and served Sir Robert Walpole as secretary for war (1724–30) and paymaster-general (1730–43). In 1743 he became head of a Whig ministry that was to last until 1754. His administration concluded the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle (1748), ending the War of the Austrian Succession; it also reorganized and reduced the national debt and reformed (1752) the calendar.

See W. Coxe, Memoirs of the Administration of the Right Honourable Henry Pelham (1829, repr. 1971).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

More on Henry Pelham from Infoplease:

  • Pelham: meaning and definitions - Pelham: Definition and Pronunciation
  • Pelham-Holles: meaning and definitions - Pelham-Holles: Definition and Pronunciation
  • Frederick Louis - Frederick Louis Frederick Louis, 1707–51, prince of Wales, eldest son of George II of ...
  • consols - consols consols, contraction of consolidated annuities, a bond issue designed to consolidate two or ...
  • Whig - Whig Whig, English political party. The name, originally a term of abuse first used for Scottish ...

See more Encyclopedia articles on: British and Irish History: Biographies


Premium Partner Content
HighBeam Research
Documents Images and Maps Reference
(from Newspapers, Magazines, Journals, Newswires, Transcripts and Books)

Research our extensive archive of more than 80 million articles from 6,500 publications.

Additional search results provided by HighBeam Research, LLC. © Copyright 2005. All rights reserved.

24 X 7

Private Tutor

Click Here for Details
24 x 7 Tutor Availability
Unlimited Online Tutoring
1-on-1 Tutoring