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Duke of Wellington
1769 - 1852

British military leader, elected Parliamentarian and briefly (1828-1830) Prime Minister of England. Arthur Wellesley was granted the title of the First Duke of Wellington after military and political successes. He led the Peninsular and Waterloo campaigns during the Napoleonic Wars and eventually defeated Napoleon in his second uprising at Waterloo. The individualistic style and strong-headed leadership which had served him well as a military leader was too abrasive for political leadership, and he retired from the post of Prime Minister to the life of a respected statesman.

Nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won.

Jun. 19, 1815 - from a dispatch to his troops