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Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney

Personal data
Date of birth24 February 1733
Place of birthRaynham, Norfolk
Date of death30 June 1800(age 67)
Place of deathSidcup, Kent
NationalityBritish
Political partyWhig
SpouseElizabeth Powys (1736-1826)
Alma materClare College, Cambridge
Home Secretary
In office10 July 1782 - 2 April 1783
MonarchGeorge III
Prime ministerThe Earl of Shelburne
Succeeded byLord North
Preceded byThe Earl of Shelburne
In office23 December 1783 - 5 June 1789
MonarchGeorge III
Prime ministerHon. William Pitt the Younger
Succeeded byThe Lord Grenville
Preceded byThe Earl Temple

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Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney PC (24 February 1733 - 30 June 1800), was a British politician who held several important Cabinet posts in the second half of the 18th century. His most enduring legacy is probably that the cities of Sydney in Nova Scotia, Canada, and Sydney in New South Wales, Australia are named in his honour, in 1785 and 1788 respectively.


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