Compton, Spencer, Earl of Wilmington, 1673?-1743

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From the description of Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, papers, 1675-1775. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79456033

Biography

Spencer Compton, earl of Wilmington (1673?-1743) worked from 1715-1727 as the Prince of Wales' Treasurer. In 1713 Compton joined Parliament as a member from East Grinstead. In 1715 he was unanimously voted Speaker and remained in that position until 1727. In 1716 he joined the Privy council, was Paymaster General from 1722-1730, and was titled Knight of the Bath in 1725. When the Prince of Wales took the throne as George II, Compton was encouraged to become the Prime Minister. However, he declined and Walpole took the position. On January 11, 1728, as a concession, George II titled Compton the Baron Wilmington. He was further made Lord Privy Seal, Lord President of the Council, Knight of the Garter, and the First Lord of the Treasury. In 1742 he claimed the position of Prime Minister, but held the title only in name. In 1742, he was again named Speaker of the House. Compton died on July 1743.

From the guide to the Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington Papers, Bulk, 1717-1727, 1713-1732, (William Andrews Clark Memorial Library)

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creatorOf Tonson, Jacob, 1656?-1736. Bills receipted from Jacob Tonson to Sir Spencer Compton [later earl of Wilmington], paymaster general [manuscript], 1722/23-1725/26. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Compton, Spencer, Earl of Wilmington, 1673?-1743. The Right Honble. Spencer Lord Wilmington's account of intrest [sic] & dividends &c. exclusive of the South Sea account. Harvard Business School, Knowledge and Library Services/Baker Library
creatorOf Compton, Spencer, Earl of Wilmington, 1673?-1743. 2 ALsS : to Lord Wilmington, 1732 Feb. 26, 1733 Oct. 8. Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square
creatorOf Compton, Spencer, Earl of Wilmington, 1673?-1743. Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, papers, 1675-1775. Library of Congress
creatorOf Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington Papers, Bulk, 1717-1727, 1713-1732 William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
creatorOf George I, King of Great Britain, 1660-1727. Document signed : St. James, to Sir Spencer Compton, 1723 Jan. 15. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf George I, King of Great Britain, 1660-1727. Document signed : Kensington, to Sir Spencer Compton, 1726 July 30. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Account of public debts, 1716 Senate House Library, University of London
creatorOf Compton, Spencer, Earl of Wilmington, 1673?-1743. An account of money paid in on the first & third money subscriptions to the South Sea Company with the profit and loss thereon. Harvard Business School, Knowledge and Library Services/Baker Library
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associatedWith Belcher, Jonathan, 1682-1757. person
associatedWith Dunbar, Jeremiah. person
associatedWith Follers, John. person
associatedWith George II, King of Great Britain, 1683-1760 person
associatedWith George I, King of Great Britain, 1660-1727. person
associatedWith Partridge, Richard. person
associatedWith Pemberton, Benjamin. person
associatedWith Tonson, Jacob, 1656?-1736. person
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Birth 1673

Death 1743-07-02

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