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Augustus FitzRoy, 3rd Duke of Grafton

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Date of birth28 September 1735
Date of death14 March 1811(age 75)
Place of deathEuston Hall, Suffolk
Political partyWhig
Alma materPeterhouse, Cambridge
Prime Minister of Great Britain
In office14 October 1768 - 28 January 1770
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MonarchGeorge III
Succeeded byLord North
Preceded byThe Earl of Chatham

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Augustus Henry FitzRoy, 3rd Duke of Grafton, KG, PC (28 September 1735 14 March 1811), styled Earl of Euston between 1747 and 1757, was a British Whig statesman of the Georgian era. He was one of a handful of dukes who served as Prime Minister.

He became Prime Minister at the age of 33 in 1768, leading the supporters of William Pitt, and was the youngest to have held office until the appointment of William Pitt the Younger 15 years later. However, he struggled to demonstrate an ability to counter increasing challenges to Britain's global dominance following the nations's victory in the Seven Years' War. He was widely attacked for allowing France to annex Corsica, and stepped down in 1770 handing over power to Lord North.

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