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William Pitt
1759 - 1806

Britain's youngest prime minister, frequently called "Pitt the Younger" to distinguish him from his accomplished father William Pitt the Elder, who was also a member of parliament. Pitt was asked by King George III to form a government when the coalition of Fox and North collapsed. He was 24 years of age, and widely rumoured to be homosexual, yet held office for seventeen years when he resigned over King George's opposition to allowing Catholics into parliament.


Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who posses it; and this I know, my lords, that where laws end, tyranny begins.

Necessity is the plea of every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.

Nov. 18, 1783 - from a speech on the India Bill in the British Parliament